A mother has done an adorable but thought-provoking photoshoot of ‘girly’ girls posing with athletic elements in a bid to shatter gender stereotypes.
The project was initiated by Heather Mitchell, a mom and photographer from Alabama, after she’d an enlightening moment while talking to another mother at her 8-year-old daughter’s softball practice.
Heather told Bored Panda: “My youngest daughter is 8 and she is trying softball this year for the first time.”
“We were at practice a few weeks ago and I was talking with the other moms.
“I was saying that I hoped Paislee learned to love the game because she was athletic. One of the moms told me that she was not athletic that she was a girly girl.
“I couldn’t sleep that night. All I could think was, ‘why does she have to choose?’”
“I played every sport my school offered and wore lipstick to every game,” the mom continued.
“So the next day, we went to the studio and created her shot. I seriously only spent about three minutes shooting because I knew exactly what I wanted.
“I posted them to my personal Facebook and had tons of requests so we added two days to our schedule and they sold out in one hour.
“So I added two more days and they sold out too. These photos were my daughter and some of the girls from the first day of shoots.
“I have three more days next month!”
The resulting images are now doing the rounds on the internet, and have been shared by more than 200,000 social media users across the globe.
“Our daughters do not have to choose,” Heather added.
“My parents taught me that I could be anything I wanted growing up. I didn’t realize until I was much older that everyone is not that blessed.
“It is important for girls to know that there is no box. They can be girly and athletic. Artsy and smart. Whatever they dream, they can achieve.”
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