PS: How does your being a CoverGirl change/diversify the face of beauty? Why is it empowering for female racers, in your opinion?
SM: Being a CoverGirl changes the face of beauty because they are allowing me to share with the world that it's OK to be tough and feel pretty while loving all the girlie things, like makeup. It also allows me to share my story that you don't have to be a boy to play sports and be good at them. It feels empowering that they're putting a strong message out there that you can play in both worlds, compete at the top levels, and still value being beautiful.
Female athletes grow up feeling foolish if we put on makeup before a game. "It's going to wash off anyway," we get told all the time. A lot of females end up not bothering to wear makeup even if they want to. Nobody has to wear makeup, but by making me a part of their brand, CoverGirl definitely shows the world that it's OK to put on your warrior paint if that's what makes you confident when you're going to compete.