Jaime Moore is a Texas based lifestyle photographer and a Woman You Should Know. Last month, when her daughter, Emma, turned five she decided she wanted to do something different with her birthday portraits and starting looking around for creative inspiration. What she found was one abundantly recurring theme: young girls dressing up as Disney Princesses.
Jaime explains on her site, “No matter where I looked, 95% of the ‘ideas’ were the ‘How to’s’ of how to dress your little girl like a Disney Princess.” She continues, “Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Disney Princesses. From their beautiful dresses, perfect hair, gorgeous voices and most with ideal love stories in the mix, you can’t help but become entranced with the characters. But it got me thinking, they’re just characters, a writer’s tale of a princess (most before 1998)… an unrealistic fantasy for most girls (Yay Kate Middleton!).”
“I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything.”
That’s when Jaime starting thinking in a particularly WYSKy way. She considered all of the REAL women who her daughter should know and look up to; REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better. We LOVE where this is going!
“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.”
So to commemorate Emma turning five in a truly profound way, Jaime and Emma chose five strong, pioneering and important women from history for her to emulate in her very special birthday portraits. They include Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Coco Chanel, Jane Goodall, and Helen Keller. Each side by side portrait in their “Not Just A Girl” series is captioned with an inspiring quote from the woman Emma is visually channeling.
“There are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world”, Jaime shared. “So let’s 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.” Now that’s a battle cry we are happy to support and echo.
There is a sixth photo in the birthday series, which features Emma as her amazing self, thirty years from now in 2044. And guess what she’ll be doing then? Running for President, of course. Emma has certainly got our vote, but we hope we don’t have to wait quite that long to have a woman in the White House!
What an empowering, inspiring and loving project for a mother to do with and for her daughter. We say, “Brava!” to you Jaime.
PS – How fun would it be for Jaime and her daughter to have a meet up with Stella Amelia Ehrhart, the super cool eight year old with the inspiring attitude, famous name, and historic dress code? That would be quite a WYSKy power lunch.
Our very special thanks to Jaime for allowing us to run all of her stunning “Not Just A Girl” portraits of Emma on our site.