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Cristi Smith-Jones and her 5 year-old daughter Lola have celebrated Black History Month with an empowering dress-up photo shoot, transforming the kindergartner into the image of powerful black women throughout the ages.
Sam Carroll

1 Mar 2017 - 1:18 PM  UPDATED 1 Mar 2017 - 2:34 PM

In photos posted on Smith-Jones' Twitter account, Lola can be seen dressed up as an array of prominent African-American women, in fields ranging from politics, science and the arts, all of whom have made significant accomplishments in racial equality.

In a report by CNN, Smith-Jones discussed how the idea for the photo shoot stared in January when Lola returned from school and talked about how she had learned about Martin Luther King Jr. Her parents then took the opportunity to talk to her about civil rights.

"She seemed to understand where we were coming from," Smith-Jones tells CNN. 

Trying to find a way to make the topic fun for Lola, Cristi decided to take advantage of her daughter's love of dress-up, compiling a list of important women before showing her the photos, with Lola choosing the pictures she wanted to recreate.

Some of the women mother and daughter chosen to honor with a dress-up photo included:

  • Entrepreneur and social activist Madam C.J. Walker, who is recognised as one of the most successful African-American business owners in history.
  • Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white school during the New Orleans School desegregation crisis in 1960.
  • Rosa Parks, renowned for her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
  • Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to be promoted as the American Ballet Theatre's principal dancer.

The final Tweet consisted of two photos, of Michelle Obama and former Republican Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with Smith-Jones emphasising that her project "superseded politics" and was about celebrating the accomplishments of African-American women, while inspiring young girls that they make a difference.

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