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STYLE AND CULTURE

ASOS MAGAZINE CHATS TO RACHELLE VINBERG

By Sam Higgins, 1 December 2018

There’s a good chance you’re already familiar with Skate Kitchen, the all-girl skate crew from New York. In the last couple of years, the group of creatives, who bonded over their love of skating, have been celebrated by the likes of Vogue and Dazed for their inclusive, inspiring and empowering ethos. In September, their lives were taken from ramp to reel by The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle in the eponymously titled feature film, Skate Kitchen. The movie, based on the story of how the crew were formed IRL, is centred around Camille – played by Rachelle Vinberg – and her pals Nina, Kabrina and Jules. The mag team caught up with Rachelle to talk all things Skate Kitchen – read on for excerpts and find the full interview in the Party issue of ASOS Magazine, available here.
ASOS Magazine talks to Rachelle Vinberg of Skate Kitchen | ASOS Style Feed

On director Crystal Moselle’s cinematic style
‘She would ask us questions, take us to hang out and we got to know each other. She knew everything, she definitely inspired me with how she does realism [in her directing].’

On changing perceptions about skateboarding
‘[It’s important] just showing girls skating more in the media as a normal thing. I never saw pictures of girls skateboarding on billboards growing up, however, after visiting London earlier this year, there were so many young girls skating at South Bank.’

On speaking up about what she believes in
‘It’s important [tackling issues in movements] because if one person was skating on the street, no one’s going to look, but when there’s a group, it makes this huge noise that everyone has to just stare.’
ASOS Magazine talks to Rachelle Vinberg | ASOS Style Feed

On her new-found fame
‘The day the film premiered, I was skating to the movie theatre because we were doing a Q&A and this guy on the street saw me – he had just seen the film – and he was so confused. He thought it was a fake movie, he was trippin’ out like, “You’re real?” and I’m like, “Yeah,” and just skated away. It was funny.’

On playing herself in the film and fulfilling her childhood dreams
‘I always wanted to act when I was little and then it kind of went away because I thought it was just like theatre. I also want to do directing and just make stuff.’

On what the future holds
‘Gosh, I guess I need to figure out what I want to do, I feel like I need to start or nothing’s going to happen.’
ASOS talks to Rachelle Vinberg |ASOS Style Feed

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On the film premiere at Sundance
‘It was a weird moment. We were like, “Wow! We’re just [kids] from the city and now Diplo is DJing for us and Usher is singing with us.”’

On who she’d like to work with in the future
‘Timothée Chalamet. Oh my God, That would be crazy. He’s like on another level though, he’s crazy good. He went to the same school as the other girls!’

The Party issue of ASOS Magazine is out now – get your copy here.

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