Kate T. Parker is a photographer, a mum and was an athlete growing up.
After taking photos of her two daughters for an upcoming gallery show a few years ago Parker noticed that the strongest images in the series were of her girls just being themselves – not staged, but real.
Parker created a photo series called “Strong is the new Pretty” that showcased her daughters playing sport, being strong and getting messy. She wanted her daughters to feel confident in who they were.
The mum-of-two used photos to encourage her daughters to realise they didn’t need to conform to stereotypes, and to celebrate their unique strength.
Parker's own project has extended beyond just showcasing her own daughters - it showcases many young women who are proving that strong is something to be celebrated. Now – three years on – Parker is encouraging other parents to do the same. She wants all girls to break ‘social norms’ and celebrate strong as beautiful.
A Mighty Girl posted one of Parker’s favourite photos from the series – of her daughter before a triathlon - to Facebook.
The image was posted over the weekend, building awareness around the series and asking other parents to share photos of their children being strong. The images prove that being a girl can mean being strong and athletic.
The strong is pretty movement has crept across social media too with many people posting photos to Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #strongisthenewpretty.
“This kind of girl – who has dirt on her shoes and doesn’t want to put a bow in her hair – she’s beautiful, too,” Parker told Today.