Strong is the New Pretty. {36 Powerful Images Celebrating what it is to Be a Girl}

Via Janne Robinson
on Apr 13, 2015
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I was raised by a single, airplane wrenching mechanic of a mother.

I wore Bugs Bunny boxers, had a mushroom cut, played soccer, loved dinosaurs and grew up with Rosie the Riveter as a role model.

There was no gender attached to the things I enjoyed as a kid, there was just what I enjoyed.

If we never walk down the pink isle, or the blue isle—perhaps we would all just wear purple.

I came across Kate Parkers series  “Strong Is the New Pretty” showing her two daughters eating worms, skateboarding, playing basketball, and my inner wild child was already putting on her duck boots to play in the rain.

Kate Parker began photographing her daughters, Alice, now six, and Ella, now nine, a few years ago to capture their childhood.

She soon began to notice that her favorite shots were when they were as is—loud, athletic, fearless, messy, joyous, courageous and free.

Her series aims to celebrate her daughters and their friends exactly as they are, not how females are expected to be.

“I wanted to celebrate them, just as they are, and show them that is enough. Being pretty or perfect is not important. Being who they are is,” Kate Parker said in our exchange.

Kate knows that there is a lot of pressure for girls (and women) to look a certain way and act in a certain manner, and she wanted to let her daughters know that who they naturally are is enough.

That they are not only enough, but worthy of celebration.

Check our Kate’s work below, on Facebook and on Instagram.

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restricted use: Strong is the New pretty article only. Copyright: Kate Parker photography

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restricted use: Strong is the New pretty article only. Copyright: Kate Parker photography

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Author: Janne Robinson

Editor: Emily Bartran

Photos: Used with Permission from Kate Parker

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About Janne Robinson

Janne Robinson is a poet, writer, bushwalker, idealist and animal activist currently residing in Vancouver Island. She cuts kindling with her teeth, eats Bukowski for breakfast and makes the habit of saying the word feminist as much as possible. She surfs naked, pees in the woods, and loves whiskeys that swing their hips when they walk and know what they are doing. Janne's life-work is to be transparent. She makes a living off hanging her dirty and clean laundry out for the world to see. Her mission is to give others permission to also walk and exist with the same transparency. You can connect with her on TwitterInstagram and Facebook. Please also visit and connect with her Facebook writer's page. Check out Janne's website.

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4 Responses to “Strong is the New Pretty. {36 Powerful Images Celebrating what it is to Be a Girl}”

  1. Red Gem says:

    I love this so much! Your photography is beautiful, but beyond that it is important. Girls NEED to see images of themselves and other females being real, being strong, doing anything and everything, and knowing that they (we) are so much more than window dressing in this world. So thank you. THANK YOU.

  2. Yessi says:

    I’m a big fan. I think women need to embrace their power, not keep it hush hush out of fear of threatening the peace. The girls in the photos look pretty badass. What a nice and hopeful picture of the future this paints.

  3. michelep says:

    The photographer is Kate Parker as stated in the first few paragraphs. The author of this article is Janne Robinson.

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