Becoming Ruby | Inclusion, Bikes and Hand-Drawn Heroes

Becoming Ruby is a film about inclusion, identity, and hand-drawn heroes. If you can’t find a hero, create your own. For mountain biker, skier, and artist Brooklyn Bell, that hand-drawn hero was a comic character named Ruby J.

Brooklyn Bell grew up in Bellingham Washington, a town of mostly caucasian residents. Her experiences as a teenager didn’t match those of her peers. In essence, she didn’t fit the norm. That all changed when she found mountain biking.

Using Ruby as a role model, Brooklyn set out to “live like her, breathe like her, be unapologetically black like her,” finding her own identity in a mix of dirt, snow, art, and inclusion. We think it’s safe to say she found herself on the trails.

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