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Brooklyn Bell: Becoming Ruby J

Kona Ambassador Brooklyn Bell is no stranger to fighting the good fight for diversity and inclusion in the outdoor industry. As a woman of color, Bell has dealt with the broad spectrum of challenging treatment from racism to tokenism. Teton Gravity Research sat down with Bell to figure out how she’s paving the way for others, as well as how media, brands, and individuals can provide a more welcoming and empowering environment for everyone.

Bell says in order to bring more diversity into the fold there are several things that have to happen. Personally, she wants to be present and be a voice. She is a representative of the people and her presence helps to change perspectives. “I try to give people opportunity. I try to open doors I’ve been walking through and bring people with me. I send other athletes to companies that want me to be an ambassador,” she says. “There’s not just one thing I do, but there’s a lot of different things we can do together. I can’t do it all myself.”

You can read the full story on TGR here.

Wild and Free

Brooklyn Bell is a Kona Ambassador that is pushing the boundaries of comfort and expectations on a daily basis. Aside from cutting her teeth on a mountain bike as a Kona Supreme, Bell is also a widely-recognized artist, public speaker, and stellar athlete. In fact, she just competed in her first ever Freeride World Tour skiing qualifier contest in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Bell’s art is a direct reflection of her experiences in life and it’s one of the reasons her work is so vibrant and powerful—because she is also vibrant and powerful. For her “winter” ambassador assignment Bell created this gorgeous drawing, pulling from her experiences at Mt. Baker this season.

She had this to say about her piece.

“I made this piece of art during January. During that time I was mountain biking on wet and warm days and skiing on the dry days. This piece to me represents the special dynamic that happens between skiing and biking, sea level and being at 6,000ft. They somehow magically co-exist in this place. They are different in so many ways, yet so similar. Their landscapes seem to have contrast but also flow seamlessly into each other.”

You can see more of Bell in this month’s Patagonia catalogue in the mountain bike section. To view more of her incredible art work please visit her website.