It’s Mother’s Day y’all! So I’m up early to share some pop culture awesomeness with you real quick before I get ready to sit down and do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day, lol! Yesterday on Jezebel I came across this great story of a photographer mom who was having a difficult time planning out the perfect photo for her daughter’s fifth birthday. Her issue kind of works with a recent discussion we had about Disney princesses and what kind of messages they can send to young girls (and, well, everyone else) sometimes. She noticed that most ideas pertaining to little girls dressing up and taking pictures were centered around a princess theme, so she decided to go a slightly different route. Click inside to see these amazing photos and to learn more about photographer Jaime Moore and her daughter Emma!
Here’s what Jaime wrote on her blog about the project:
So my amazing daughter, Emma, turned 5 last month, and I had been searching everywhere for new-creative inspiration for her 5yr pictures. I noticed quite a pattern of so many young girls dressing up as beautiful Disney Princesses, no matter where I looked 95% of the “ideas” were the “How to’s” of how to dress your little girl like a Disney Princess. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Disney Princesses, from their beautiful dresses, perfect hair, gorgeous voices and most with ideal love stories in the mix you can’t help but become entranced with the characters. But it got me thinking, they’re just characters, a writers tale of a princess (most before 1998)…an unrealistic fantasy for most girls (Yay Kate Middleton!).
It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better. My daughter wasn’t born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters. I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything. We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world……..so let’s set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment, and let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.
And here are the beautiful photos:
I cannot even explain how much I love this project. And I really appreciate that Jaime spoke about the fact that she loves the Disney princesses, but I think the idea is to show a growing girl that there are so many different kinds of women to admire. Dressing up like Amelia Earheart or Susan B. Anthony can be just as fun as dressing up like Jasmine or Ariel, but these women are real and their accomplishments are too. This whole project is just all kinds of awesome.
You can go HERE to see more of Jaime’s work.