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Skylar Diggins Talks Knocking Down Barriers for Female Athletes in Vogue

Skylar Diggins for Vogue Magazine April 2014 wearing T by Alexander Wang knit top and skirt photographed by Norman Jean Roy

Skylar Diggins for Vogue Magazine April 2014 wearing T by Alexander Wang knit top and skirt photographed by Norman Jean Roy

Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins appears in Vogue Magazine‘s April 2014 issue, where she speaks on her brand, fashion, and earning respect on the court at an early age.

In a Norman Jean Roy-photographed feature titled “Game On,” the former all-time scoring leader for Notre Dame stands on the court with basketball in hand and baring her chiseled abs and arms in red T by Alexander Wang knit top and skirt chosen by fashion editor Sara Moonves. Her hair is styled by Deycke Heidorn, with makeup by Keiko Hiramoto.

On being the opposite of a dead-end female athlete:

“It means the possibilities are endless. It means there’s no mold for me. It means I can blaze my own trail. It means that I can knock down barriers. It means certain things are possible, and if I work at a certain level, they become probable.”

On wearing Diane Von Furstenberg:

“I feel like I am the model she’s making her dresses for. Most of my life is spent in athletic gear, so I love it when I really get to be all glammed up.”

On her body:

“I have an athletic body type, and that’s the look I’m kind of going for. I just stay, obviously, really fit and eat really clean, so it shows in my muscle tone.”

On her court presence:

“I’m a very, very small person in the basketball world, five feet nine. I am probably one of the three shortest on the court at all times. But I have quick hands, or so I’ve been told.”

On playing with older boys at age five:

“They didn’t pass me the ball at first, so I didn’t have a chance to show them what I got. And then one game I got the ball. Everybody just drives right, drives right, and I had a wide-open lane on the left, so I laid up and made it. They passed it to me from that point on.”

[via divalocity]