Vanessa’s Team Pick:
Did you know that a thing parents do is take photographs of their kids? I know, a wild and wacky concept. I guess a parenting trend right now is to dress your kids up when you take photos of them on their birthdays, which actually sounds so fun because think of the possibilities! You could dress your child up like a puppy. Or a burrito. Or a cat dressed up as sushi. The options are endless! (I’m kind of jk, please no one call child protective services re: the emotional well-being of the children I do not currently have). But apparently most parents out there are not interested in dressing their little girls up as edible animals, and are instead sticking with the ever original ~*~DISNEY PRINCESS~*~ theme. Yawn.
But! But but but! Mom and photographer Jamie Moore bucked the trend, and the results are fantastic. Jamie seems to be less cynical and eye-roll-y than I am about Disney princesses, acknowledging “their beautiful dresses, perfect hair, gorgeous voices and…ideal love stories,” but she didn’t want to dress her daughter up like one for her 5 year photos. So she picked five influential extraordinary women from history and dressed her daughter up as them instead. The result is adorable amazing photos plus an inspirational message – this mom wins the internet this week, according to me, and I work at a parenting magazine by day so my opinion is very valid and important.
Here are my favorite images from the collection; you can see all the photographs and read Jamie’s full blog post here.
…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. – Jamie
If someone offered to photograph you as your favorite badass historical woman, who would you choose?