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Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:01 PM

Strong is the new pretty: Photos show the secret side of girls


Sugar and spice and everything nice…

A powerful photo series smashes through those age-old expectations by depicting little girls as they truly are: Brave, joyful, defiant, curious. And even a little bit messy.

Kate T. Parker is an acclaimed Atlanta-based photographer, but she’s also the mother of two young girls. It’s that last role that inspired her beautiful and aptly titled collection, “Strong is the New Pretty.”

“I wanted to celebrate these girls as they are, not how females are expected to be. I wanted to celebrate them, just as they are, and show them that is enough. Being pretty or perfect is not important. Being who they are is,” Kate says, adding, “There’s a lot of pressure for girls (and women) to look a certain way, act in certain manner, and I wanted to let my daughters know that who they naturally are is enough.”

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The intent of the collection isn’t to pigeon-hole all girls as tomboys and athletes, just as it’s not meant to dismiss outright pink and princesses. Kate says she just set out to show that little girls can’t be forced to fit the confines of a single cookie cutter mold. They are mermaids and skateboarders and everything in between. They are whoever and whatever they want to be.

“If your daughter is obsessed with pink, princesses, and ballet, amazing! Or if she is a soccer playing, tough-as-nails bookworm, great!” Kate tells PopSugar. “Allow your girls to be who they are, whatever that is. Create an environment for them to feel secure and confident in their own selves. Let them know that whatever it is, whoever they are, that’s OK. And not only [is it] OK, it’s great.”









Read and See More http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/strong-is-the-new-03262015pretty-photos-show-secret-side-of-girls/

Girls after my own heart. I was such a tomboy. I played with trucks, one of my favorite vehicles was a tractor that had sparks that flew out of the stack. My greatest joy was when my dad tossed me dress and all into the cab of his truck, way up high in the sky.

There were few trees I didn't climb, and Lol~ some I fell out of. My mom and aunt had to soak my knee one time in the tub for an hour to get all the grit out of the cut. As kids we would go into the pine forest for hours, playing cowboys and Indians. Built forts and made bows and arrows out of branches. On Sundays my mom would pull my dress out of the closet for church. It took me years before I stopped bursting into tears when I saw it and hid under the bed, 'cause I didn't want to wear the stupid dress and I sure didn't want to go to church.

See, we can be anything we want to be. These are awesome photographs of girls, being who they want to be. The beauty and spirit in these photos is awesome.

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Reply Strong is the new pretty: Photos show the secret side of girls (Original post)
sheshe2 Apr 2015 OP
spanone Apr 2015 #1
bravenak Apr 2015 #2
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #5
bravenak Apr 2015 #8
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #11
bravenak Apr 2015 #13
lovemydog Apr 2015 #3
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #14
lovemydog Apr 2015 #15
Dont call me Shirley Apr 2015 #4
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #21
Dont call me Shirley Apr 2015 #30
freshwest Apr 2015 #31
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #34
Lochloosa Apr 2015 #6
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #9
F4lconF16 Apr 2015 #7
BlueJazz Apr 2015 #10
rhett o rick Apr 2015 #12
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #16
Skittles Apr 2015 #17
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #19
Luminous Animal Apr 2015 #18
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #20
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #22
Heidi Apr 2015 #23
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #24
fizzgig Apr 2015 #28
Heidi Apr 2015 #29
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #25
gwheezie Apr 2015 #26
Lugnut Apr 2015 #27
B Calm Apr 2015 #32
closeupready Apr 2015 #33
artemis starwolf Apr 2015 #35
Spitfire of ATJ Apr 2015 #36
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2015 #37

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:04 PM

1. k&R...

thanks!!!!!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:04 PM

2. This is what I love.

 

Strength.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:09 PM

5. Strength, woman.

We all start out as wee ones, little girls. The photo essay is awesome!

bravenak

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:21 PM

8. It was beautiful.

 

My girls are outside right now jumping and yelling. They are very strong, girl. The big one especially. I love it.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 09:04 PM

11. They take after their mom.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 09:15 PM

13. Ah yes!! Truth!!

 

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:05 PM

3. Very nice photos.

I'll remember her name: Kate T. Parker.

Here's her web site:

http://katetparkerphotography.com/welcome

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 09:25 PM

14. Thank you for Kate Parker's link.

Moving photos, images in black and white, my opinion, have the greatest impact.

Thank you lmd!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 10:10 PM

15. You're welcome sheshe2.

Yes, amazing what strength can be conveyed in the hands of a good black & white photographer. Thanks for turning us on to her work.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:09 PM

4. Tree-climbing, mud-shaping, swing-swinging, nature-loving tomboys, gotta love us

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 11:58 PM

21. Let us not forget the spitting contests!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #21)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 09:21 AM

30. Ah yes, the watermelon seeds!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #21)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 10:36 AM

31. Fist fights with boys! Protecting animals and the young! Girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

No spitting contests, though. Did knock the spit outta a few bullies. Does that count?

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Response to freshwest (Reply #31)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 12:57 PM

34. Yes!

That counts freshwest, indeed it does.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:16 PM

6. The first fight I ever had at school was in the 4th grade.

Damn did she ever kick my ass.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:22 PM

9. Dayum,

I just took a sip of water, that was a close one.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:17 PM

7. Kick and rec

Strength and confidence are beauty. Always felt that way, always will. Thanks for these pictures.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 08:55 PM

10. It's nice to have strong intelligent women friends, they're open to listening to you and you gain...

 

...a few IQ points from them. That's true for men also but women are more fun.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 09:10 PM

12. Women are our future. Thanks for another great OP sheshe. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #12)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 10:18 PM

16. yes, I do believe they are, Rhett.

Thanks for that.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 10:34 PM

17. DAMN STRAIGHT

I was such a tomboy as a child; yes INDEED

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Response to Skittles (Reply #17)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 10:45 PM

19. Skittles!



I had an electric baseball game too! Big metal board and the players ran the bases. To cool....not the silly ipad/ ipod stuff.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 10:37 PM

18. Yay for this post!

I once showed a video of my daughter's 12 year old sleep over birthday party to a bunch of adults...the girls were creative and inventive and funny and just flat out amazing. And my friends were having a great time watching that video… then one guy said, "Maybe guys shouldn't know this about girls," and some of the other guys grumbled in agreement. And I said, "Bullshit, this is exactly what guys should know about girls."





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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #18)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 10:50 PM

20. "And I said, "Bullshit, this is exactly what guys should know about girls.""

Brava LA!!!!





woot~

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 12:22 AM

22. I love this quote

A powerful photo series smashes through those age-old expectations by depicting little girls as they truly are: Brave, joyful, defiant, curious. And even a little bit messy.


and this

They are mermaids and skateboarders and everything in between. They are whoever and whatever they want to be.



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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 12:50 AM

23. Kick!

:kick:

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Response to Heidi (Reply #23)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 12:51 AM

24. Thank you Heidi!

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Response to Heidi (Reply #23)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 01:57 AM

28. hey you

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Response to fizzgig (Reply #28)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 02:52 AM

29. Hello, lovely DU Nighthawk!



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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 12:54 AM

25. Kick

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 01:11 AM

26. great thread

I was called a tomboy. I'm still tough as nails.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 01:30 AM

27. Tree climber....

That would be me. I fell out of a few but it was still cool. I fell off my horse more times than I'd like to admit only because I was trying to learn a new trick for the horse show.

My dad never told me there was anything I couldn't do because I was a girl. He taught me how to do an oil change and change a flat tire. He was a great dad.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 10:44 AM

32. I wanted a grandson, but instead I got TWO lovely granddaughters.

 

The way they worship me and love me could never make me more complete.

Proud Grandpa!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 12:37 PM

33. This is feminism - Madonna is NOT.

 

K&R

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 07:17 PM

35. " they are whoever and whatever they want to be"

I rode horses and climbed trees, and I liked pretty dresses and pink was my favorite color. I would pretend to be Mowgli of the jungle one week and " I Dream of Jeannie " the next. I love how she celebrates all aspectsof being a girl. Feminism iisn't about turning ourselves into men, but being free to choose what roles we want to embrace. Kids of both genders should be able to play with whatever toys they want, wear the clothes they feel comfortable in and pretend to be whatever they want. That's how we become well- rounded, empathetic adults.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 10:17 PM

36. How many looked at that last one and thought, "Stella!!!!!"

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #36)

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 11:17 PM

37. the last photo is great

 

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