The Original Not Just A Girl

May 2013
My amazing daughter Emma turned five last month, and I had been searching everywhere for new, creative inspiration for her five year photos. I noticed quite the pattern of young girls dressing up as beautiful Disney princesses. No matter where I looked, 95% of the “ideas” were the “how-tos” of dressing your little girl as a Disney Princess. 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 cant help but become entranced with the beloved characters but it got me thinking...they’re JUST characters…a writers tale of a princess (most before 1998) an unrealistic fantasy for most women (yay, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge).

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 the president if she chooses. 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 five incredibly strong women as it was her 5th birthday, but there are thousands of unbelievable women and girls who beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world.

So lets set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment and lets show our girls the REAL women they can be.