Karabo Mooki’s portrait series spotlights the Island Gals, an all-women skateboard culture emerging in Johannesburg


A new series of photos by Karabo Mooki pays tribute to the Johannesburg youth pushing for greater representation in the sport.

Recently, South African skateboarder and photographer Karabo Mooki shared a new portrait series, documenting a rising community of Black women who are using skateboarding as a tool for gender and racial empowerment.

Karabo Mooki: Island Gals (Copyright © Karabo Mooki, 2022)

With the new series, Island Gals, Mooki celebrates the young Black women at the forefront of Johannesburg’s skate scene. “Thato Moet is the soul of Island Gals,” he says. “They are pushing for greater representation in the sport and declaring their right to occupy spaces in protest of South Africa’s tumultuous history with gender-based violence.”

Karabo Mooki: Island Gals (Copyright © Karabo Mooki, 2022)

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