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Pretty in Any Color: Women on the Court Make the Style Rules

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Angel Reese considers herself “a pink kind of girl.” Pink nails, pink hair tie, pink shoes, sometimes even “a little bit of pink in my lashes,” Reese said of the eyelash extensions she applies before basketball games. “Everything’s pink.” It’s all part of the pregame routine for Reese, who in May transferred to Louisiana State after a breakout season on Maryland’s women’s basketball team.

Before Reese hits the court, she swipes on lip gloss and gels down her edges — her hairline — to prevent flyaways. “Grandma would always emphasize, ‘Don’t let anybody make your makeup sweat,’” Reese said.

Reese’s devotion to her appearance for games expresses who she is as much as her playing style. Players in women’s basketball freely mix a traditionally feminine beauty standard with finishing touches that are popular in Black and Latina culture, like gelled edges.

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