Little Girl Dresses Up As Black Heroines To Say Something About The American Dream.
Months ago, Janine Harper came across a photo series where a photographer had taken pictures of her own daughter, dressed up like famous and iconic women. She showed the project to her husband, Marc, and the two came up with a great idea. They decided to do the same project with their own daughter, only change the role models to black women. The goal? To teach their daughter about great black women who came before her, as well as help her to "see herself in the story" of black history.
The pair took photos of their daughter Lily dressed as different African-American women, from writers to aviators to models. The photos are pretty great, and with a limited number of positive portrayals of black women in the media, this project is truly refreshing.
Lily Bushelle, 5, as Toni Morrison.
Lily as the musician and actress Grace Jones, whose "androgyny, sharp cheekbones, and fearlessness caught the attention of many when she danced in the legendary Studio 54," writes Lily's dad (and photographer) Mark Bushelle.
Lily as Mae Jemison, "the first African-American woman to get accepted in the NASA astronaut training program. She was also the first to go into outer space, aboard the Endeavour in 1992."
Lily as Bessie Coleman, the first African-American to hold an international pilot license, admired for "her ability to do barrel rolls, wing walks and her loop-de-loop trick aviation."
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