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More than a princess: recreating real life heroines in black and white.

Posted in Style & Travel

emmaandsusanblogoMy nieces are 10-, 8- and 5-years old respectively. Feisty, opinionated, nuanced individuals who have very definite ideas about who they are. Hannah – the oldest – is a conservative dresser, observer of rules, older sister supporter of siblings, sensitive and protective. She also runs like the wind, jumps further than the boys and stood up on her surfboard the first time she tried. Emily Rose is a negotiator par excellance, gets the gist of adult conversations and plays her learning back as leverage. She is confident, brave, firm of purpose and optimistic. Riley Plum is fearless, coquettish, driven and definite. She is an actress and critic, has no truck with the word NO and enjoys every moment of her life.

ameliaandemmapostsizelogoSometimes as I watch these girls going about their days, I wonder what the future holds for them .. what they will choose as a profession, who or if they will marry. Whether they will travel or prefer to stay close to home. Their world will be profoundly different to mine – they will face challenges to the planet’s health and resources, to their civil and constitutional rights, they will deal with technology far superior to anything we know today. And most likely they will have to reinvent themselves constantly to embrace the portfolio lives we now lead.

emmaandjanegoodallpostsizelogoWhen Photographer Jaime Moore‘s daughter Emma turned five, she wanted to commemorate the event by putting together a photo shoot. Moore looked to the internet for inspiration, and discovered that 95% of the ideas she encountered were the same: how to dress your daughter as a princess. Seems the idea of the one true love and a happy ending is still being propagated as attainable. Which we all know just isn’t true (apologies to Kate Middleton).  ‘My’ girls love clothing – but are all passed the dress-up stage. Hannah is all about ease, coverage and function, Emily looks at trend, sparkle and comfort, Riley … well she is 100% rock star girlfriend.

No princesses here.

emmaandcocopostsizelogoMoore says: “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.”

Mother and daughter selected five inspirational women through history: Susan B Anthony (American Suffragist, Women’s Civil Rights Activist), Jane Goodall (Primatologist, Anthropologist), Coco Chanel (Fashion Designer, founder of Chanel Fashion House), Amelia Earhart (Adventurer and aviation pioneer ) and Helen Keller (American Activist and Author who was deaf and blind) and the resultant photo series has Emma dressed and posed as these heroines, with a presidential shot to close. Each photo is captioned with a quote – wise words from the heroines it portrays.

emmaandhelenlogo“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. I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything.”

emmaasemmaNEWWITH-EAGAIN1To view Jamie Moore’s photos in higher resolution, read more about her inspiration for the project and to see her other beautiful photography: head over to her website by clicking here. Or follow Jamie on Facebook here.

(All photos copyrighted to Jaime Moore, and have been used with her permission.)

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  1. Beautiful idea, beautiful pictures. It is interesting that after a century of feminist battles little girls (and most of their mothers) are still playing princess. It’s a wake up call to us adults here: we should expose girls to more enlightened possibilities of career…

    May 24, 2013
  2. I LOVE this! What a wonderful message to send to your daughter. I think many of us don’t realise how the little things in your childhood can have such a great influence on your view on life goals and the world later in life. If we truly want to inspire the next generation to change the way roles are divided we need to change the fairytales we tell them, so they truly believe in their own abilities.

    May 24, 2013
  3. What a wonderful concept by Jamie Moore, and what wonderful photographs. Emma lives in a country at a time where a girl can grow up to be what ever she wants – and she owes that to the women who have gone before us, fighting battles, breaking new ground, teaching and inspiring. President Emma one day? Why not!

    May 24, 2013

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