She became an overnight sensation after a photo of her kicking a goal went viral earlier this year.
And now, AFLW player Tayla Harris reflected upon what it’s been like to become the newest face of gender equality in Australian sport.
‘I am proud to be a pioneer in this space. I am glad it unfolded how it did; it’s been positive’, the sports star, 22, told
Power player: ‘I am proud to be a pioneer!’ AFLW star Tayla Harris, 22, has reflected upon her iconic kick photo in an interview with Stellar magazine this Sunday
‘The message has been read, the conversation started. It should have been sooner, but it’s happening now. And every move is forward now in my view,’ she said.
Appearing in a stunning photo shoot for Stellar, Tayla is seen leaping around in positions similar to her iconic airborne kick.
In one photo, Tayla jumps in the air a tight-fitting striped dress and a green and blue tartan cropped jumper.
Gravity defying! Appearing in a stunning photo shoot for Stellar, Tayla is seen leaping around in positions similar to her iconic airborne kick
Stunning: In one shot, Tayla cuts an interesting shape in a sheer black maxi dress and black sandals
In another shot, Tayla recreates her iconic kick in an electric blue blazer and red trousers – looking every inch the power player.
Tayla went from relative to unknown to the face of AFLW overnight after an image of her kicking a goal was uploaded to Seven’s AFL page on March 18.
Within hours, the picture received thousands of comments, many of them with misogynistic, threatening and violent intent.
Viral: Tayla went from relative to unknown to the face of AFLW overnight after an image of her kicking a goal was uploaded to Seven’s AFL page on March 18
The reaction prompted Seven to quickly take down the photo for their social media pages, but Tayla refused to hide in the shadows and posted it on her own Twitter page.
‘Here’s a pic of me at work. Think about this before your derogatory comments, animals,’ she captioned the post.
The comments and Tayla’s unwavering choice to not back down quickly made her the face of change and gender equality in Australian sport.
Iconic: The photo, which shows Tayla kicking a goal, sparked a world-wide conversation around gender equality and misogyny in sport