15 Lessons We Learned From Tomboys In Film And Television

Being a tomboy isn’t about what you wear, it’s all about the attitude.

1. Tomboy tip: Manners are sometimes overrated.

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Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones

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2. Tomboy tip: Being lady-like, also overrated.

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Viola in She’s The Man

Lakeshore Entertainment

Lakeshore Entertainment

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3. Tomboy tip: Focus on what you love to do and work to be the best at it.

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Monica Wright in Love and Basketball

New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema

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4. Tomboy tip: All you need is one good pair of overalls.

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Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird

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5. Tomboy tip: Loyalty is, and always will be, everything.

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Idgie Threadgood in Fried Green Tomatoes

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

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6. Tomboy tip: Snapbacks and sling-shots are a girl’s best friend.

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Mary-Kate Olsen In It Takes Two.

Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

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7. Tomboy tip: Pink is not for everyone.

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Dee Rees in Pariah

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Focus Feature

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8. Tomboy tip: Your hair? Rock it au natural.

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Princess Merida in Brave / Via Walt Disney Pictures
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9. Tomboy tip: When you have a crush, try and be cool about it.

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Becky ‘The Icebox’ O’Shea in Little Giants

Amblin Entertainment

Amblin Entertainment

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10. Tomboy tip: Ladies can always make the first move — or throw a mean right hook, whichever is needed.

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Marion Ravenwood in Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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11. Tomboy tip: Have one statement fashion accessory, such as fringed gloves.

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Watts in Some Kind Of Wonderful

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Studio Hughes Entertainment

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12. Tomboy tip: Rock out at any given opportunity.

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Bliss in Whip It

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13. Tomboy tip: Going on an adventure is never a bad idea.

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Elizabeth Swann in Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy.

Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios

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14. Tomboy tip: Be proud you throw like a girl.

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Kit Keller and Dottie Henson in A League Of Their Own

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Scratch that, honorable mention to the entire cast.

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15. Tomboy tip: When it comes down to it: Pants > Skirts, always and forever.

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Amina in The World Unseen

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Also, because Katharine Hepburn said so.

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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