My Shero: Alia Atkinson

Ain’t no way I was going to let my busy schedule keep me from blogging about this lovely lady. Alia is literally living Black history, she will be on a Carl Mack calendar one day.  Not only is she exceptionally talented, but she is incredibly humble and so relatable. She is my new BFF in my head.

In case you missed it Alia Atkinson made history this past Saturday becoming the first Black woman to win a world title in 100m breaststroke. Alia represented her home country of Jamaica in the swimming competition and this was also the first win for the country as well. The look of surprise and elation on her face warms my heart. {Sidenote: can anyone guess what purple polish she is wearing in this pic, cuz I need it.}Alia Atkinson

SInce her win on Saturday I have been stalking the internet for all things Alia.  You can check out her website, facebook and twitter. I found some really cute video she did back in 2012 which gives a lot of insight into the life of an olympic swimmer as well as showcases her personality. She began swimming at the Y at age four, holds the record for being the second Black woman to win a NCAA swimming title. Alia swam in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, 2008 in Beijing, China, and 2012 in London England.

Now is Alia natural? Honestly I have no idea. My guess would be that swimming and maintaining a perm while keeping hair on your head would be damn near impossible so I would think she is. I have seen pictures of her with straight hair that could be just a flat iron. I have also seen pictures of her wet hair that imply a curl or wave to it. I don’t really care either way I love that she is help breaking the stereotypes that Black girls don’t swim.

Check out this slide show from CNN on Women Sport Pioneers, including our niece and baseball phenom Mone Davis.


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