Our Individual Journey Makes Us Unlike Any: Natasha Hastings

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Our Individual Journey Makes Us Unlike Any: Natasha Hastings

We are all unique. Each day we rise to meet our own challenges head-on — and we do our best. Day after day of striving and trying and honing and failing and coming back and succeeding — that’s what we do. That’s our reality, and that’s what sets each of us apart as individuals. Nobody can do you better than you.

Through the Unlike Any campaign, each week we will honor under-recognized feats of female athleticism by showcasing women who cannot be compared to anyone who has come before them. We’re celebrating them — in film and poetry — for what they have achieved and elevating them to where they belong: Above gender roles. Above labels. Above convention. Above comparison.

In celebrating them, we celebrate you.

When you look your best, you perform your best — and Natasha Hastings isn’t shy about her passion for both her style and her sport. Known as the “400M Diva,” this multiple gold medalist overcame the critics by breaking records and breaking stereotypes, proving that being feminine and powerful are not mutually exclusive.

Natasha Hastings | UNLIKE ANY
Poem by Dominique Christina

It’s quiet now.
I am alone with myself
Remembering the days
When I didn’t think I could
When I didn’t know I should
When doubt was a hiss in my ear.

But I’m awake now.

Can you see me?

I, ambassador
I, fire starter
I, rain-maker

I figured out how to fly
How to command my limbs

Of my immaculate womanness
The red lipstick war paint,
I am a chariot of possibility.

I am unlike…any.

Dominique Christina is an award-winning American poet, author and political activist. She holds five National Poetry Slam Champion titles and is the only contestant to win two Women of the World Championship titles.



> Natasha Hastings, World Champion Sprinter
> Jessie Graff, Stunt Woman
> Alison Désir, Harlem Run Founder
> Zoe Zhang, Actress & Taekwondo Black Belt
> Misty Copeland, Principal Ballerina


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