My friend Kat Mortimer first told me about the challenges she encountered as a female glasser on a camping trip a few years ago. Kat was the first woman ever hired at her surfboard factory. There, the staff bathroom was a large tree in the middle of a neighboring field. So she had to negotiate the dilemma of how to pee and change without being seen by her male coworkers. The dudes didn’t have to figure that one out. Situations like this popped up frequently. As a result of that experience and others like it, Kat wanted to create an environment that enabled her to exist happily within a masculine space. When I heard her story, I instantly saw a parallel with my experience working in the film industry. It invoked a deep curiosity to discover other women forging their own paths, and Las Shapers began to take shape. (Pun!)
Soon after, Kat, a group of our surfer friends, and I decided to grab cameras and camping equipment and drive from Los Angeles to San Diego to meet two incredible women from different walks of life. They both opened their studio doors and shared their stories with us. Kat, a professional glasser interviewed Cher while our team captured their magical conversations.