This story made me cry and got me inspired at the same time – maybe it was the moving pictures, maybe it was the messages I didn’t get as a child, or maybe it’s just a really smart initiative.
The story started in 2013, when photographer Jaime Moore‘s daughter Emma turned five, she wanted to do something creative for her birthday pictures. She noticed that many girls were dressing up as Disney princesses, and as much as she loved Disney princesses, she thought they were just characters, and a rather unrealistic fantasy for most girls.
Says Jaime on her blog: “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.”
Jaime chose five amazing women (five because Emma was turning five), and “modelled” her daughter around them in a series of magnificent pics. “Let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.” The women include Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, Coco Chanel, and Susan B Anthony.
Since publishing the pics on her site, Jaime received lots of feedback about how the photo series had influenced them, and how it had inspired them to share the stories of these great women (and other people who have fought against the odds) with their kids.
Jaime has since set up a campaign on Indiegogo, the crowdfunding site, to raise funds in order to grow the Not Just A Girl series.
Says Jaime: “We would like to expand the series by photographing dozens of girls while reaching out to any and all ethnicity, culture and women of inspiration from all over the world. To accomplish this, we need your help.
Funding will go towards, studio equipment, costumes, time, props, legal fees, copyright releases ( and/or permissions) and research. If we reach our goal and continue the project we would also love to start a book showcasing the images and inspirational quotes.
With your help we will expand the project continuing inspiration & remembrance of such incredible, REAL individuals who have fought and changed our lives (and our children’s lives) for the better. Reminding us to aim high and reach for what was once impossible.”