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.

Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones


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

Viola in She’s The Man

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Lakeshore Entertainment


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

Monica Wright in Love and Basketball

New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema


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

Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird


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

Idgie Threadgood in Fried Green Tomatoes

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures


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

Mary-Kate Olsen In It Takes Two.

Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

Warner Bros. Family Entertainment


7. Tomboy tip: Pink is not for everyone.

Dee Rees in Pariah

Focus Feature

Focus Feature


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

Princess Merida in Brave / Via Walt Disney Pictures

9. Tomboy tip: When you have a crush, try and be cool about it.

Becky ‘The Icebox’ O’Shea in Little Giants

Amblin Entertainment

Amblin Entertainment


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


Marion Ravenwood in Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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

Watts in Some Kind Of Wonderful

Studio Hughes Entertainment

Studio Hughes Entertainment


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

Bliss in Whip It


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

Elizabeth Swann in Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy.

Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios


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

Kit Keller and Dottie Henson in A League Of Their Own


Scratch that, honorable mention to the entire cast.

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

Amina in The World Unseen


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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