Slaydies Series Spotlight: Aleeia Marcelo/ p90_girl

Hey everyone! Carrying on in my series of Slaydies Spotlights, here is a feature on the lovely p90_girl. I have been a follower of hers since I joined Instagram last year and she is one of the women pushing our sport forward for more female players, her views on women in Airsoft closely match those of Femme Fatale Airsoft and it has been a pleasure interviewing her!

Thank you for taking part in my Slaydies Series Aleeia! How long have you been Airsofting? What got you into Airsoft and what do you love about the sport? Where is your home site? What are the most memorable sites you’ve played?

I’ve been airsofting for about three years now. It all started when a boy I had dated was really into it. He eventually got my dad and brothers into it as well, sadly, he didn’t think I was right for it and refused to take me. Quite frankly, he was a bit right. I ended up tagging along with him and my dad and brothers for a game. I hated it the very first time I played. It was at the local outdoor field on one of Georgia’s hottest summers, I was sweaty, I had thorns in my hair, and I kept putting the mag in upside down. Not to mention I forgot to put the gun off safety for half the day. It was frustrating and I was pretty much on my own while my boyfriend at the time played for the objective. My K/D ratio was like 25/0. But I couldn’t let my boyfriend be right about this not being my thing. So I hung around till game two, where I wondered on to an objective and shot the player guarding it. Luckily there was only one guy guarding it and I had the advantage. That play took zero to no skill and that guy had been my first kill. I grabbed this box and took it back to the spawn, and it ended up being the winning objective. I felt so cool. I wanted to play again, and actually try a bit harder this time. I felt like this super cool gun wielding person from a movie or something. I got in the zone. Airsoft became so much fun!
I ended up playing it every weekend and I’d like to think I’m not that bad at it. The field I first started at back in 2011, has long since closed, and my new home field is Elite Ops Airsoft, a CQB field in Canton Georgia. I’m also the Head Ref there and spend every free weekend I get going back into the Airsoft Zone that I had tapped into during my second game of airsoft. No matter where I play at, I’ve always had a lot of fun. I visited California last summer, and got to play on some really cool fields that are so different from my home state. I played at HSP, Forge, Both Tac Cities, and SC Vipe. I’m going to remember all of those places.
Describe your playing style to my readers!

I describe the way I play airsoft in one word, MilSpeed. I’ve played my fair share of Milsim and Semi-Milsim Ops, and I’ve played a good bout of CQB, which is much faster. When I’m in that airsoft zone, I tend to play the objective and play it like I have unlimited respawns. Which sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. Ha.
What’s your weapon of choice? And what loadout do you normally run?

My weapon of choice is most brands of P90s. My Dad works a lot with the airsoft teching community and has pretty much built me guns that are prefect for each environment. The good thing about airsoft guns is that they can internally be built for different uses than their real steel counterparts. P90s are classified as Sub Machine Guns, and I have a P90 build that is a DMR for distance shooting. I just like the way P90s feel and I’m so use to it that I hold M4s awkwardly wrong. My load outs are different depending on what type of game I’m going to. My CQB Load out mostly consists of Black Camo patterns. I generally don’t run a vest for mobility and to be light weight. I have a Valken Sly profit mask with the amber lense, and when I use my secondary, I have a drop leg. My Load out is AOR 1 clone, gen 3. My vest is a TMC 6094.

Being a women in Airsoft: Do you feel you are treated differently because of your gender? If so, how do you deal with this?

When I first started Airsofting, the only difference I really found was that a lot of players tried to low ball me during trades. Girls are generally looked at as inexperienced players, and sometimes girls are very inexperienced. But this low expectation of skill that is handed to most girls, keeps them from ever thinking they should keep getting better at the game. I’m the captain of an All Girls Airsoft team in Georgia called Black Sunset, and our main goal is to encourage these women who want to get started, to give them a higher standard to reach. But as I started to experience Airsoft in more places and with more people, and on the internet, I’ve noticed that girls are harshly judged. They are judged worse than their male counterparts. They become victims of the rumour mill without doing much of anything to warrant it. Their motives for even playing the game are questioned and they can easily become the butt of a joke, just because of their gender. I feel with more women picking up a gun and genuinely liking the game, we will push out a lot of the disrespect that girls get. Which is why I fully support females playing this sport.

Is there anything you would like to say to other players out there?

The famous Attack on Airsoft, is very real out there. Our government is getting more and more pressure to start making our Airsoft guns neon colors. I believe to help in the fight to save Airsoft, players should do more than sign a petition. Practice gun safety, and teach it to everyone you can. Keep Barrel socks on your Airsoft guns. Don’t let your friends play back yard Airsoft when they are close to their neighbour’s houses. Make Airsoft a common place thing! The more people that understand it, the less likely certain laws are to be passed. Talk to your local field owners and have events where new or first time players can get discounts or half priced rental guns. Join up with C3, a website that promotes Airsoft across the states and helps people find Airsoft fields. All these things can help. So I urge everyone who plays Airsoft to get the sport out there. Start a league, have an op, help advertise local games. You don’t have to be an adult, a senator, or even have 10k followers to make a difference. 

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