Ok, yes, I was raised a tomboy, but I don't know why that is a "thing" to be ashamed of. I don't get it as often as I did (I think it's because now people can feel my self confidence and know that their words won't penetrate) but back in the day, it was almost a stigma. What??! A girl who liked to go 4-wheeling with her dad? A female who knows how to handle a gun and enjoys target shooting? A woman who can handle pretty much any equipment at the gym and wants muscle??!!
I exaggerate a little, but back then, being rough and tough and gettin' down and dirty just like the boys seemed to make you masculine, less like a girl, and more like an anomaly. The more time I have under my belt, the more I can see just how wrong they were.
Side note...why do complete strangers like to come up and verbally attack you anyway??! What is there to gain in pushing your own insecurities onto someone you may never see again??! I digress...
Yes, I am a tomboy but I am still a woman. I can be sexy and sensual when I want to, and I can be just as convincing being powerful and strong. My strength comes from the connection with my being, not necessarily the muscle mass I accrue or the amount of weight I can lift. Strong can be sexy, and it doesn't make me any less of a woman.
So yes, I still like athleticism. You'll find me working out at the gym 5+ days a week. I train up to 3 days in Shaolin Kenpo, because I think the martial arts are fascinating and I love finding strength in being exactly who I am. I also started Rough Cut Fight Lab with my fight and choreography partner, a place where I get to practice my stage combat, stunts, and film fighting techniques with like minded people.
I can't change who I am at the core and quite frankly, I don't want to. I am an action chick, an actress of power, a tomboy who loves film and television. And you'll find no shame in me for that!