Flying at more than 220 miles (354 kilometers) per hour, Amelie Windel (@ams_w
) has bigger things to worry about than a picture-perfect smile. “It’s a high-stress environment,” says 26-year-old Amelie, the youngest female aerobatic pilot in the UK. “One thing I want to change is how female athletes are perceived — or any female in a typically male-dominated world.” Amelie doesn’t buy into the expectation that she should always be smiling ear to ear; her focus is on overcoming everyday obstacles and, of course, her time in the sky. “Aerobatics is ultimate 3-D freedom,” she says. “In a modern-day world, many women still face hardships due to their gender and feel like they can’t be themselves in day-to-day life. But when I’m in that cockpit, it’s just me. I’m completely in charge of what I’m doing.”
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This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world.
Video by @ams_w