Can’t go a day without your Good Carma undies? Thank this woman. Not only is Carma the story behind one of our bestselling undies, she’s also an incredible tomboy with a fine history of public service.
Carma in her signature "Good Carma" boxer briefs.
What was it like growing up as a Tomboy?
I was usually out in the garage with my dad. Anything to avoid house cleaning or cooking. My dad was a plane mechanic, so we were always fixing or riding something. In fact, I got into my first motorcycle accident at 3. Well, my dad was driving and I was riding with him. That was my start. At 11 years old, he bought me a Honda 125, which got me on the dirt track. I also loved sports. In high school I started competing in organized sports. I was a varsity starter in field hockey and softball. I even made the college softball team until... I got injured. I never actually got to play a game. I still, however, stay active in sports today. I played rugby with the Emerald City Mudhens and currently practice boxing.
What drew you to join the military?
I got in a serious accident right before starting college. That meant I could no longer get a sports scholarship. I was already interested and motivated to join the army, so it all just made sense. I was first stationed at Fort McClellan in Alabama and trained to be in the Military Police. I then went to what was West Germany. I was there when the Berlin wall came down. I really enjoyed my time there. I loved the culture and the language. Unfortunately, this was also a time before Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. And in May of 1990, I was the subject of an investigation. I was eventually discharged from the military. I was honorably discharged because I fought for it. The worst part was that I was just a couple months short of VA and educational benefits. It was a very difficult experience, but the whole situation made me who I am today. I know how strong I am because the investigation was nearly 4 months of wondering if people were following me and watching my every step. I was controlled of who I could and could not talk to. They even went to the extent of searching through my garbage for evidence. This experience made me resilient enough to get through anything. I have drawn on it several times in my life.
How did you end up become a police officer?
After the military I moved to Seattle. After some time I got accepted into the police academy. I was always interested in being an officer. When I was a kid I loved watching the tv series Adam-12. It got me hooked on the idea. Now I am a crime analyst with the department.
What was one of your proudest moment as an officer?
Years ago I arrested someone who crashed her vehicle into a Metro-bus sign. She actually had a syringe of heroin in her arm. She called me a few years later as part of her 12-step process. She tracked me down and thanked me for arresting her and told me how she was doing. She was studying to be an addiction counselor. That made me happy because you wonder what happens to people after incidents and I often never find out. This was a happy ending.
What’s the story behind your underwear?
Well, an underwear company (initials C.K.) made my favorite men's boxer briefs. After years of wearing them, they were discontinued. It was a state of emergency. I was running out of time before my undies ran out. For about 10 months I searched for a suitable replacement to no avail. Then, a friend called me and invited me to meet Fran and Naomi. When we arrived at the office, I learned they were thinking about making a boxer brief. I immediately dropped my pants down around my ankles, sharing my undies crisis. Before I knew it, we were all working together to design the perfect boxer brief. Turns out the Good Carma undies are better than my old ones. Now the old ones annoy me. They have come up with something better than I could have imagined. And I couldn’t believe it when they told me they were naming the boxer briefs after me.
Carma rocking TomboyX in Maui
How has it been for you to be a TomboyX “celebrity”, and to be a catalyst for such a disruptive product in women’s underwear?
It’s cool, but I haven’t felt like a celebrity until the Seattle Times article came out. My boss and boss’s boss were like, “Hey great article.” Then I realized all my bosses know what underwear I wear. It’s cool but also weird in a way. An unintended consequence.
Who is your favorite inspirational tomboy?
There wasn’t really anyone I remember from my childhood except some of the athletes playing who were a little older than me. Things have changed. Today, I don’t look far to find lots of amazing Tomboys.
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