Pink Rubber and Five Inch Heels
You’re walking down the street in downtown New Orleans and all of a sudden you hear the distant hum of a pack of motorcycles approaching. As they turn the corner, clouds of pink smoke emerge revealing bikes painted in hot pink and drivers with matching outfits. And yes, they’re all women.
Caramel Curves has brought a new meaning to the term “girl gang”. They were originally part of the Saints and Sinners male bike crew but decided to stand on their own in true girl boss form. Being a female with a motorcycle is the only membership requirement making Caramel Curves an inclusive community of women. “You have to have a vagina and a motor bike to be part of us,” says Coco, a prominent member of the group whohappens to owna beauty salon.
They do typical biker gang things like popping wheelies, customizing their bikes, and parading them at local meet-ups. However, what sets them apart is the fact that they are an inspiration to the community. Men and women alike embrace their presence at public events and recognize how important their existence is for crushing gender stereotypes. Many of the members are #GirlBosses like Coco and own their own businesses, making them positive role models for young women in the area. They are local celebrities with a loyal fan base who show their support by attending their events and engaging on their social media pages.
It seems that there is a resurgence of female empowerment in this country. Women, like the members of Caramel Curves, who close the gender gap just by living their lives unapologetically are what our society needs to see more of. It is up to us to highlight stories like these and appreciate the fact that anyone can and should be able to do anything.
Article by Eboni Gadson