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This Mom Has Created The Most Powerful Photo Book Of Everyday Girls

Strong Is The New Pretty is the definition of girl power.

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Kate T. Parker noticed something when taking photos of her daughters — the most meaningful ones captured the girls being themselves: dirty, feisty, silly, sassy, angry, funny, and loud.

To Parker’s eyes, these photos stood in contrast to the messages the media often sends to girls and women — that beauty is a particular hairstyle, size or outfit.

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"I wanted my girls to know they didn't need to pose a certain way, smile for the camera, or brush their hair to be beautiful. I wanted them to know that the images that captured their true personalities showed their beauty," Parker says.

Parker soon turned the photos of her girls into a series, then took the project one step further by photographing the unique strength of hundreds of girls from all over the country.

"Strength can be found in the face of a musician creating music because it is inside her."

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"It can also be switching tables in the lunchroom because your 'friends' aren't really your friends, or meeting a cancer diagnosis with unrelenting positivity."

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