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Real beauty isn't about being a certain size, acting a certain way, wearing the right clothes, or having your hair done (or even brushed). Real beauty is about being your authentic self and owning it. Kate T. Parker is a professional photographer who finds the real beauty in girls, capturing it for all the world to see in candid and arresting images.
A celebration, a catalog of spirit in words and smiles, an affirmation of the fact that it's what's inside you that counts, Strong Is the New Pretty conveys a powerful message for every girl, for every mother and father of a girl, for every coach and mentor and teacher, for everyone in the village that it takes to raise a strong and self-confident person.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-02
- Reviewer: Staff
This collection of girl-power portraiture showcases the message that girls should be encouraged to be themselves, boldly and wildly, eschewing artificial stereotypes perpetuated in a toxic social media culture. Inspired by her two young daughters, Atlanta-based photographer Parker uses her lens, artistic eye, and perspective as a mother to render a beguiling corpus of images of little girls being girls, which means displaying various versions of being strong (section titles include Wild Is Strong, Creative Is Strong, and so on.) In the introduction, Parker explains, I didnt ask them to smile or go put on a pretty dress. I wanted to capture the girls as they wereexcept in the case of her daughter Ella, who explains she was very scared for her first triathlon. She explains, My mom took this shot of me the night before and told me that even though I was afraid to race, to try to look tough and fearless. This captures the books flaw: it feels contrived. Most young girls bear the marks of empowerment unselfconsciously and dont need to be coached. Though the book is intended to celebrate girlhood, its heavy hand signals a more pointed idea of what girlhood ought to be. Photos. (Mar.)