Truth be told, we’ve never given much thought to the art of yo-yoing, but that was until we saw Tessa Piccillo in action. At 21 years old, she’s been a fixture on the yo-yo contest scene for the last several years, and holds the title of Women’s Division World Champion for 2014 and 2017. With skill and determination that are said to outshine most others, Tessa is described as “the smilingest badass you’ve ever met” and we agree that “it’s impossible not to be completely amazed by her play.”

When Tessa is not crushing it on stage or teaching yo-yo tricks to the next generation of players, she enjoys traveling, longboarding, writing, basketball, and binge watching tv shows.