Mother shuns Disney Princess ideal and dresses daughter up as five REAL heroines from history to commemorate fifth birthday

May 14, 2013 6:50 pm 0 comments Views: 2537

A photographer has commemorated her daughter’s fifth birthday by dressing her up as five different influential women from history – Amelia Earhart, Coco Chanel, Susan B Anthony, Helen Keller and Jane Goodall – and capturing the images for a photo series.

Jaime Moore from Austin, Texas, wrote on her website that instead of dressing Emma up as a Disney princess – which is ‘an unrealistic fantasy for most girls’ – she decided to take photos of her emulating real women worth admiring.

‘My daughter wasn’t born into royalty,’ the mother-of-two explained. ‘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.’


Real-life heroines: For her daughter Emma’s fifth birthday, photographer Jaime Moore dressed her up as five inspirational women from history, including designer Coco Chanel (left) – minus the cigarette, of course

Emma's fifth birthday
Emma's fifth birthday

Taking flight: Emma (right) imitates aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (left) by sporting pilot goggles, a fur-lined leather jacket and a white scarf

The mother-of-two said she chose five women since it corresponds to her daughter’s age, but that ‘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.’

What’s more, she said she wanted her daughter to learn about women who ‘without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better.’

In the series of black-and-white images, called ‘Not just a girl’, even Emma’s hair is styled to look like the heroines she is imitating.

Emma's fifth birthday
Emma's fifth birthday

True heroine: Emma is captured looking peaceful and pensive in her accurate interpretation of Helen Keller (left), the famous American author, lecturer and political activist who was both blind and deaf


Emma's fifth birthday
Emma's fifth birthday

All walks of life: Emma rests on her hand with her hair in a ponytail as she impersonates 79-year-old British anthropologist Jane Goodall (left)

One photo, in which Emma is pretending to be civil rights heroine Susan B Anthony, sees her in black top and white collar, her brunette locks pinned up in an old-fashioned braided hairstyle.

In another, Emma wears strings of pearls, a black hat and and black long-sleeve top in the manner of Coco Chanel – minus the cigarette hanging out of her mouth, of course.

And to impersonate aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, Emma wears pilot goggles and a fur collar, perfectly copying the famous woman’s whimsical stare.

Each of the images is accompanied by an inspiring quote from the woman being portrayed.

Emma's fifth birthday
Emma's fifth birthday

Beating the odds: Emma imitates civil rights activist Susan B Anthony (left), one of the ‘amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything,’ explained Ms Moore


Emma's fifth birthday
Emma's fifth birthday

Dream big: In the final images from the photo project – which has amassed over 350 ‘likes’ on Facebook – Emma is pictured as herself, wearing a badge that says ‘Emma for President 2044’

In the photo that sees her impersonating deafblind political activist Helen Keller, for example, the quotation below reads: ‘Be of good cheer.

Inspiration: 'Let's set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses. . . and show our girls the REAL women they can be,' wrote Ms Moore (pictured)Inspiration: ‘Let’s set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses. . . and show our girls the REAL women they can be,’ wrote Ms Moore (pictured)

‘Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.’


At the end of the photo series, the photographer has written: ‘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.’

Ms Moore’s final pictures show Emma as herself, donning a pin on her shirt that says: ‘Emma for president 2044’, a testament to her overriding message that her daughter should dream big.

The photo project has touched many since she originally posted it on her Facebook page on May 8.

Ttoday, it has garnered over 350 ‘likes’ and been shared by hundreds who admire her the idea.

‘Love this!’ wrote one fellow mother.

‘I too struggle with the idea of my daughter idolizing princess characters,’ she explained.

‘I’d rather her see the strong women of our history who have made great accomplishments.’




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