Photos | Bolivian women skateboard in traditional Aymara garb to showcase their culture

The traditional bowler hats, bright blouses and long, plaited “pollera” skirts of the young women contrast with the skateboards under their feet as they swoop back and forth on the skate ramp in Bolivia’s largest city. The girls of the collective “ImillaSkate,” a mixture of Aymara and English meaning girl and skateboarding, wear the Indigenous dress of their grandmothers to showcase their culture and promote the sport among women. “I love this sport, I love my culture and I love being a woman, and that is what motivates me to continue,” said Ayde Choque, while tying the laces of her black Vans shoes and donning the face mask required amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The group of five young people in La Paz joined a movement that was born in the central Bolivian region of Cochabamba last July. There, more than a dozen young women drew attention with a video posted on Facebook showing them skating through the streets of Cochabamba dressed in Indigenous garb.

Updated On Oct 02, 2020 07:55 PM IST
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Yanira Villarreal, left, Ayde Choque, center, and Milenda Limachi, wearings masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" pose for a photo with their skateboards during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 07:55 PM IST

Yanira Villarreal, left, Ayde Choque, center, and Milenda Limachi, wearings masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" pose for a photo with their skateboards during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)

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Yanira Villarreal, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" rides a skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)
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Yanira Villarreal, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" rides a skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)

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Aide Choque, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" falls off her skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)
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Aide Choque, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" falls off her skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)

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Milenda Limachi, left, Yanira Villarreal, center, and Ayde Choque, wearing masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholitas" ride their skateboards during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 07:55 PM IST

Milenda Limachi, left, Yanira Villarreal, center, and Ayde Choque, wearing masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholitas" ride their skateboards during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)

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Yanira Villarreal, dressed as a "Cholita" holds her skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)
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Yanira Villarreal, dressed as a "Cholita" holds her skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)

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Aide Choque, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" jumps with her skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)
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Aide Choque, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" jumps with her skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)

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Aide Choque, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" rides a skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 07:55 PM IST

Aide Choque, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dressed as a "Cholita" rides a skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP)

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