#hotdogprincess Reminds Us To Be Ourselves

by Robyn Smith

You can add Oscar Meyer to your list of princesses. Recently, an instructor at Holly Springs School of Dance in North Carolina shared a photo of her students during the school’s princess week, and the line-up included Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, and someone who’s since been dubbed #hotdogprincess.

Five-year-old Ainsley was boldly herself that day, and she taught us something that’s all too easy to forget as adults: Be unapologetically yourself. Due to her popular fashion statement, Ainsley was able to join older students onstage at their recital this past weekend, according to the Huffington Post.

“As we were leaving the stage, and heading back to her parents, I said ‘Ainsley, you’re welcome to take off your costume and sit in your regular clothes,’” Marilyn Chappell, the school’s director, told Huffington Post. “And she said, ‘No, I’d rather stay in my hot dog costume.’” 

We admire her authenticity.

This post was originally published on June 6, 2016

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