All-womxn creative collective The Gnar Gnar Honeys actively work to give marginalized people the opportunity to take up space where they are often left out. In their newest work, they’ve collaborated with dancers and artists Cocoa Queers (Sasha Mallory and Aahkilah Cornelius) in a new video with a mission to represent queer women of color in skateboarding.
“We started The Gnar Gnar Honeys to help represent more diverse people in action sports,” says Monica Medellin of The Gnar Gnar Honeys. “Our whole team comes from a production background and we shoot everything in-house. Since it’s only three of us right now we created a roster of creatives/collaborators who we hire on per project along with a dope, diverse talent pool.”
Along with director/photographer Hannah Wang and filmmaker/editor Karen Masumoto, Medellin works to create something “vibrant and badass — something that grabs your attention and claims space.”
“As non-QWOC, we need to listen. We started The Gnar Gnar Honeys to create a platform that not only highlights stories like the Cocoa Queers, but allows people to have agency over telling their own,” Medellin says. “The entire process was a collaborative effort between myself and other womxn of color in front of the camera and behind the scenes and I think it really shows in the final product. “
“Our work and mission as Cocoa Queers is to inspire and share our experience from the perspective of our marginalized demographic,” Mallory and Cornelius tell INTO. “We hope people will feel supported in their journey by seeing the varying ways to love on this earth.”
Mallory, who has performed on So You Think You Can Dance and on stage with Madonna and Pink, among other artists, and Cornelius, who appeared behind Beyoncé at the 2016 VMAs and more recently with Dua Lipa on The Ellen Show, said they loved collaborating with the Gnar Gnar Honeys.
“They are all dope individual artists and it was exciting to work with an all-female production company,” they said. “Women supported women is the most powerful force and we can’t wait to do more projects with them. As more QWOC become more vocal of their lifestyle and collaborate with any like-minded force, visibility will increase.”
Images and video courtesy Gnar Gnar Honeys