Move Over Barbie: This Dress Up Is for Real

by Shelby L Thompson

Austin, Texas based “lifestyle” photographer Jaime C. Moore is sick of Barbie. And Disney Princesses too. Now before your feathers get all ruffled, let’s talk about why. As the mother of a 5 year-old daughter and a professional photographer, Jaime wanted to take photos of her daughter in new and creative ways that would not only look great on film, but also get her daughter thinking about the kind of woman she can grow up to be. So she turned to real women like Marie Curie, Sojourner Truth and those featured here for inspiration, and what came out, is absolutely beautiful and inspiring.   

To further explain Jaime’s idea, she wrote, “Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Disney Princesses… [but] I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything. Set aside the Barbie dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment, and let’s show our girls the real women they can be.”

Look out Michelle Obama, you might just be next! Look at these lovely pictures below (and as fashion icon Coco Chanel above) and check in on Jaime’s other work on her website or on Facebook.

Political activist and first deaf-blind woman to earn a B.A. Helen Keller.

Animal conservationist Jane Goodall.

Women’s and civil rights activist Susan B. Anthony.

First female in flight Amelia Earhart.

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