This aunty skates in a saree like the total pro she is, and the internet is here for it. A video by Toronto-based Oorbee Roy has captured the attention of thousands online, giving them the Monday motivation they needed.
At 46 reaching middle age, Roy has proved both that traditional attire is never a barrier for checking aspirations off your bucket list, and that age is nothing but a number. Her display of stereotype-shattering skills has elicited loud cheers online, with a video of her skating in a purple saree going viral on TikTok and other social media.
On social media, she goes by ‘Aunty Skates,’ and has over 12000 followers hooked to her athletics on Instagram. Her joyful viral video flashes text on it that says, “At 46 years old, aunty is living her best life.”
As a kid, Aunty Skates wasn’t allowed to ride a bike or even to borrow her brother’s. Now in her 40s, she decided to learn how to skate and is living her best life 💪🏽💜 #skatehasnoage
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— Longboard Girls Crew (@longboardgirls) April 22, 2021
“Here’s the TikTok that spread like wildfire! 💜💖💜💖” Roy said sharing her saree skating video on Instagram, to a volley of encouraging comments of support.
“This is so beautiful and badass,” one user said. “Yea!! Keep shredding! 👏🙌 Thanks for inspiring,” another wrote. “I am 39 and learning with my 8 and 5 year olds! Nowhere near your skill level 😅 but I guess we all start somewhere. Truly inspiring to watch you go!!” one user wrote to her.
Meet The Woman Behind Aunty Skates On Instagram
Oorbee Roy aka ‘Aunty Skates’ is one in a long list of older saree slayers who have become sensations on the internet for the inclusive, inspirational message they disperse, motivating netizens to up and achieve their dreams without giving into societal expectations and standards.
“Aunty (she/her) is 46 & skates in a sari! Spreading joy & positivity, it’s never too late,” her social bios read. Her other TikTok videos too, that see her flaunting skateboarding skills, bear empowering quotes that question gender and age stereotypes that women – prominently Indian women – are expected to live by.
One of her videos spoke about how as a mother of two, she would only restrict herself to watching her husband and his friends skating on the ramp, telling herself her age and convention wouldn’t permit her to learn. But she learned anyway because “it’s never too late to live your best life.”
Another skating video mentioned how she was constantly judged for being “tomboyish” in her 40s and was never allowed to do “boy things.” She overcame the judgment and took to learning how to skateboard at 43.
Recently, a video of this young girl from Sitapur, also skating in a saree, went massively viral as she undertook responsibility to spread COVID-19 awareness in her village. Read about her and other women breaking stereotypes in sarees here.