Photographer Represents Young Girls As Athletes and Princesses

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We’re in search of uplifting news, so we thought we’d revisit this viral story from last year that proves gender stereotypes are becoming a thing of the past. Many parents believe that young girls and boys shouldn’t have to conform to what society expects them to be. This was the case for mom Heather Mitchell, who was inspired to create a photo series representing her daughter as both a princess and an athlete.

The idea came to Mitchell, a portrait photographer based in Alabama, while talking to the other moms at her daughter Paislee’s softball practice. “One of the moms told me (my daughter) was not athletic—that she was a girly girl,” Mitchell told TODAY Parents in an interview. “I couldn’t sleep that night. All I could think was, ‘Why does she have to choose?'”

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Mitchell, who also has a 15-year-old daughter named Ivy, herself while in school…

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