Thursday, July 12, 2012
Lisa Leslie becomes designer for auction
By Patrick Dorsey
Lisa Leslie was a basketball star. Little did she know people would someday see her art.
Lisa Leslie is not an artist. She is the first to admit that.
"I would say I'm much more analytical than I am creative," Leslie said.
That didn't stop the former women's basketball star -- with two WNBA Finals MVP Awards, three regular-season MVPs and four Olympic gold medals -- from lending her hand to Nestle Crunch and the Girl Scouts of the USA as one of five standout women's athletes to design patches for a charity auction.
Leslie, along with gymnast Shawn Johnson, swimmer Dana Vollmer and track and field standouts Funmi Jimoh and Chaunte Howard-Lowe, helped create these one-of-a-kind items, each celebrating a global theme from the Girl Scouts.
Leslie's was sisterhood, and it looks like this:
Simple, yet effective. So why did Leslie play the role of designer despite never having done so? She explained that and more in a Q-and-A with Playbook.
On saying yes to this project:
"I had worked with Nestle in the past. ... When I found out that they were working with the Girl Scouts of the USA, I thought this would be a great fit for me. I really love being a role model and [loved] to be able to create this patch."
On choosing her design:
"Initially, just the whole idea of peace and togetherness really came to my mind, and that's why I ran with it. I thought to try and draw images of girls on the patch would be way more difficult than the actual symbol of peace, and so that's where that came from.
"And all the colors -- we're a melting pot. Our country's a melting pot of people of different religions and creeds, and somehow we have to get beyond those things. ... The more we can get the good people together and to band together and do what's right, the better off our country will be."
On the idea of sisterhood:
"We always have this 'mean girls' thing going on, where girls don't really create that camaraderie together and support one another. In my [experience] of having teammates and being around girls, a lot of it was very positive, and we helped support one another -- emotionally and physically as well.
"A lot of times girls look at other girls and they [think], 'Oh, I don't like this about her. I don't like that.' And instead [I want them to] take that negative and turn it into a positive and finding out great qualities about each other.
"Banded together we're stronger than we are separated."
On her brief history with the Girl Scouts as a child:
"I enjoyed learning to make knots and attending the group sessions, but I just didn't have enough money to pay the dues to stay in. I didn't realize when I was attending for the few months that it was something that you had to pay for. ... When [they] came for the collection, I said, 'OK, this'll be my last day.'"
On working with the Girl Scouts going forward:
"We look to do things in the future, because I think that this is a great audience. I can have a strong impact, and the mission really is to develop and encourage our young leaders of tomorrow."