There’s a dream that many girls (I don’t dare to say all of them) dream in their younghood. It’s an American Dream, but not in a “from rags to riches” sense, rather in from “high school average girl to the head of a cheerleading squad” sense. Yes, dear everyone – it’s a post about cheerleading.
At first it had nothing to do with females – “Princeton Cheer” was reserved for male Princeton students who were yelling “Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Tiger! S-s-s-t! Boom! A-h-h-h!”. Makes no sense, but current cheering lines don’t make much of it either. The term “Cheer Leader” itself came to life in 1897 (still reffering to men only – that hasn’t changed until 1907). In 1903 first cheerleading fraternity was created and four years later girls started joining Gamma Sigma. Screaming out short words divided into vibrant syllables became mostly girlish during… World War II, when men were the ones who needed their motivation maintained high during a fight – a fight quite different from the one being fought on a football field.
Right now cheerleading is less about yelling and more about physical action, which is undeniably nicer to look at. The level of modern cheerleader’s condition is comparable to the one of professional gymnasts. Hellcats shed a different light on the often neglected issue of cheerleading (yeah, you can say you haven’t watched it – you know you did…). Soaring piruets, intricate pyramids, one-leg jumps onto the upright hand of a cheer-friend – those are just a few breathtaking tricks you can watch all over YouTube (or in Hellcats episodes, but you knew that already).
Another film closely related to the topic of cheerleading is American Beauty. The most American movie of all – where the production design is all set in three colors: red, white and blue. Yes, you got it right – like an American flag. And I think those three tones are very often used as a color palette for cheerleader’s costumes, which would have to be due to the fact, that America is, after all, the alma mater of cheerleading. (As if out of spite, out of all the sceneries, frames and accessories in American Beauty that were designed in Blue-Red-White shadows, Mena Suvari’s cheer-suit is… white and green. Why, costume designer Julie Weiss, why?).
Why the cheerleading post anyway? Well, I can’t deny I have some unfulfilled dreams from earlier times in my life. A ballerina and a cheerleader – two proffesions for which it’s too late for me, it was difficult, but I’ve come to terms with it. Still there’s a part inside of me that winks archly at the sight of any cheerleading accessories, so when last season Local Heroes desgined USA-ish collection with one the pieces being LOCAL CHEERLEADER muscle dress, I really couldn’t help myself. I bought it immediately, but I was thinking of a way I could accomodate the dress in a less obvious way that just with a pair of good old red Chucks Taylors. The idea came with strikingly good-looking red heels, and the mysteriously asked, unfinished question: what if?…
How do you like a cheerleader seen from a slightly different perspective? 🙂
Thank you Jane for your endless effort to make those picutes so easy to look at – even when I decide to wear a mimi dress right after Easter food debauchery 😛
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