I am a lover of words. It is no secret. I have words all over my home. I like to write them, speak them, study them and believe they hold power.
Words have the power to bless or curse, heal or wound, invite others to laughter or leave them unsettled for a long time. I will always be an advocate for people to think carefully about the words they write or speak.
It has been fun to see my 8-year-old niece enjoy one of the gifts I gave her for Christmas. I gave this book to her and her Mom as a joint gift. She then bought the calendar because she loves it all so much. There is something in the words and the pictures that ignite a powerful sense of acceptance.
Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves.
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.
I wasn’t sure it would resonate with this spunky niece of mine, but she has caught the idea and it is so fun to hear her identify her favorite pictures and why she likes this one or that one.
If you have some girls in your life and you are committed to building their self-image and understanding of their beauty, consider the messages you are communicating through the words you speak. Commit to using your words or the words you gift to them, to inspire a vision for all they are and can be.