Since Marlon Brando and James Dean roared onto the silver screen in “The Wild One” and “Rebel Without a Cause,” motorcycles have been associated with male outlaws living on the fringes of society.
But a new crop of social-media savvy bikers is creating a stylish, powerful and feminist new aesthetic for America’s most rebellious form of transportation.
The biker women of Instagram are similar to the medium’s communities of knitters, vinyl collectors and people who live in ’60s-inspired chrome Airstream trailers — retro Americana aficionados who love to share their kitschy-cool analogue lifestyles on a digital platform.
So forget the stereotypical bandana-loving, cigarette-chomping old dude on a hog. On Instagram, young women are grabbing the throttle.
The 'Babes Ride Out' meetup account posts photos of women riders from all over the world and has more than 19,000 followers on Instagram.
They highlight women riders who are doing big things, like @heidenreichlaura, who is biking through Vietnam.
Michelle Clabby Lewis, or @imaclabby, is a stylist by trade. Here, she looks straight out of a Free People catalogue. No wonder her personal account has 5,000+ followers.
Jenny, a.k.a. @hookersandpopcorn, has amassed almost 28,000 followers with her fierce photos. She also has a popular blog at hookersandpopcorn.com.
A self-proclaimed 'desert rat,' she lists the website for an all-female overnight motorcycle event, Babes Ride Out, on her page.
Lanakila MacNaughton is responsible for shooting many of these photos. She runs WomensMotoExhibit.com, where she documents 'the new wave of modern female motorcyclists.'
Her account, with almost 40,000 followers, is proof positive that the women rider community is thriving on Instagram.
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