How Did Skylar Diggins' "Headband Nation" Fanbase Come To Life?
From her accomplished college career at the University of Notre Dame to her status as the WNBA's newest star, Skylar Diggins has already made her mark on professional sports at the age of 24. As the first female athlete to sign with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports agency, the Tulsa Shock guard is paving the way for aspiring young women both on and off the court.
Sitting down with Trending 10, Diggins discussed juggling basketball, endorsements and staying in shape during the off-season—all while working to change the public's perception of female basketball players. With a fanbase that calls itself Headband Nation, Diggins has clearly developed a strong support network.
"It's very humbling," she said of the support of her fans. "Playing and being an entertainer, a lot of people are going to watch you and see you and and follow what you're doing. It's great to have young girls look up to me. And Headband Nation is so dope, the way it got started–I was in college and I just started wearing a tight headband. Finally when I signed to Nike, I had my own signature headband line with them."
Diggins also runs down how she wants women to feel like they can be a "beauty and a beast" on and off the court, and how femininity and sports and co-exist.