Vargas Grrl

“Ooh la la!”

Skater name: Vargas Grrl
Skater number: XOXO
Position: Blocker, Pivot
What year did you start playing: Since 2010
Height: 5′ x 8″

How did you get into derby? I saw my first bout in 2007 and fell head over heels in love with the sport. I knew that I HAD to play as soon as I could.

Drink of choice at a bar? Club soda with lime if I’m being good, rum and Coke or a margarita if I’m being naughty.

Favorite band? Coheed & Cambria, Say Anything, Gorillaz – in that order.

Favorite font? Gill Sans MT

Hobbies? Reading, playing video games, baking, reapplying my lipstick

How/why did you pick your derby name? Only a small percentage of the people I meet know what a Vargas Girl is. Alberto Vargas was the talented artist who illustrated pin up girls in the 1940s. These illustrations are whimsical and the epitome of femininity—both things that I appreciate and somewhat lack in my non-derby life.

What’s the hardest part of being a rollergirl? Not comparing yourself to other rollergirls. Everyone has unique styles and talents and though some skaters remind me of others in play style, they’re all very individual.

Skater you most admire: I have so many favorites; it’s hard to pick one! I am constantly floored by how awesome my fellow Hotrods are (a lot of the times, it’s literal). I will say that now-retired Hotrod Honey Melicious is who inspired me to make roller derby part of my life with her book, “Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track.” Meeting her at Nationals 2007 was one of the most memorable moments in my budding derby career.

First thing you do after a derby bout: Pack up and go somewhere to eat!

Most memorable experience you’ve had with a fan: When the Hotrods went to Australia, one of the skaters that attended the bootcamp approached me to ask the shade of my lipstick (It’s called Tabasco by Clinique).

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