A Dad Styles His Daughter as 11 History-making Women, and the Result Is Astonishing
Marc Bushelle is just like any father: he loves his five year old little girl Lily and wants her to be the best she can be. Using his training as a photographer, Bushelle came up with the idea to photograph Lily dressed-up as eleven famous women throughout history. In doing so, Bushelle hoped to teach Lily about strong female role models and how to be both a good person and an extraordinary human being. Calling his photo series “The Heroines Project,” Bushelle not only got to teach his daughter about strong women throughout history, he also got to spend quality time with her doing what he loves. Bushelle noted that in photographing Lily dressed as some of the women that have changed the world, “I thought this also could be a great way to build her confidence and sense of self worth.” The series of photographs comes at a time when many famous women make headlines for the wrong reasons, such as the constant tabloid antics of Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian. In this article, we’ll look at some of the women Lily dressed as for Bushelle’s project, showing what made them famous and why they are good role models for girls.
First in Bushelle’s series is Toni Morrison. Morrison is famous for being the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for her 1987 novel Beloved. Since then, Morrison has inspired untold numbers of young people in professorships at Howard University and Princeton University.
Another famous woman Lily dressed as is Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa is best know as the founder of the religious order Missionaries of Charity, which has helped millions of poor and sick people in India and throughout the world. Like Morrison, Mother Teresa is also the recipient of the Nobel Prize for the spirit and dedication with which she approached her mission.
Another worthy addition to Bushelle’s gallery is Mae Jemison. Starting out as a doctor and Peace Corps volunteer, Jemison was drawn to the wonders of space exploration, becoming the first black woman to join NASA’s astronaut training program and go into outer space.
Bushelle additionally showed how women can be strong leaders by photographing Lily as Admiral Michelle J. Howard. Howard currently serves in the Navy as a four star admiral, the highest ranking black woman in the United States Military.
Bushelle also took photos of Lily as numerous famous African American women from the entertainment industry, including Queen Latifah, Nina Simone, and Josephine Baker. What makes these women so interesting is the struggle they faced as they fought for acceptance in the wider American culture. Combatting segregation and limited opportunities, these women nevertheless became hugely successful in their fields, showing that with hard work and perseverance, anyone can become the person they want to be.
Bushelle further dressed Lily as famous political advocates, including Shirley Chisholm and Malala Yousafzai. Both Chisholm and Yousafzai campaigned fiercely for those ignored and underrepresented in their communities, giving hope to the downtrodden. Both of these women were also persistent in their efforts to educate the youth of their communities, knowing that education and a better world go hand-in-hand.
All of the women that Lily dressed as are great role models for young girls. Not only are these women strong and intelligent, they are also of high moral character, often putting the needs of others ahead of their own needs as individuals. All in all, Bushelle’s photographs show girls and young women that they have the opportunity to be successful and change the world, and that multiple avenues of success are open to them. Whether as an author, a doctor, or a political leader, girls have the choice to be who they want to be.