“not just a girl ….”


Source of Photo: http://www.jaimemoorephotography.com/2013/05/09/not-just-a-girl/

Jaime Moore’s daughter, Emma, had her fifth birthday in April 2013, and Jaime wanted to do something special to honor it. She dressed Emma up as five influential women in history and took her photograph for a photo series titled “not just a girl ….” The five women are Susan B. Anthony, Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, and Helen Keller. Each woman is depicted in a photo set by a photo of Emma as that woman. Underneath each set of photographs is a couple of inspiring quotations from that woman. For example, underneath the photos for Helen Keller are these quotations from Ms. Keller: “Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” — “What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” On her website, Ms. Moore wrote, “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 [to], 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.” The last set of photographs in the series is of Emma herself. In both photos, she is wearing this political button: “EMMA FOR PRESIDENT 2044.” She is also wearing this button that bears this quotation by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: “Well behaved WOMEN RARELY make history.” (Ms. Ulrich’s quote — which became the title of a book by her — was actually “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”)

For Further Information: Margot Peppers, “Mother shuns Disney Princess ideal and dresses daughter up as five REAL heroines from history to commemorate fifth birthday.” 13 May 2013


For Further Information and the Other Photos: Jaime Moore, “not just a girl ….” Jaime Moore Photography. 9 May 2013


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