Join us at Skinner Middle School on Wednesday, March 15 at 8:45 am for a visit from author/photographer Kate T. Parker, author of “Strong is the New Pretty”
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Confident, wild, joyful, fearless, resilient, creative, strong. Girls are all of these things and more. A powerful photographic celebration of the tenacious spirit of girls from across the county, Strong is the New Pretty by professional photographer Kate T. Parker shows us that all girls – not just the athletic ones – are unstoppable. A mother of two loud, messy, freckled, and amazing daughters, Parker began taking pictures of them in everyday life – biking, playing soccer, discovering tide pools – and quickly came to realize the images that most resonated were ones where they were being their true, authentic selves. This morphed into a photography series “Strong is the New Pretty,” which went viral in 2015 and has lead to collaborations with brands such as Kellogg’s, Athleta, Oxygen, and Girls on the Run. And now it is being transformed into striking, inspiring book of the same name, that primarily features never-before-seen photos taken around the county. Filled with more than 150 color and black and white photographs of bookish girls, girls jumping in mud and leaves, girls comforting their best friend, athletic girls, and artistic girls, Strong is the New Pretty reminds us that beauty is not about being a certain size or having your hair done a certain way or wearing a certain dress. It is about being yourself. It is Parker’s goal to inspire girls and women to be their best selves – to challenge and test their limits, to nurture their curiosity and intellect, to find strength in being creative and kind, in bold displays of anger and joy, and in quiet determination. Because as Grace, age 13, says: “Being a girl has no limits.”
KATE T. PARKER is a mother, wife, former collegiate soccer player, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both fine art projects and commercial work for clients across North America. Her Strong is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Kellogg’s, Oxygen, and Girls on the Run. The project has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations that invest in girls’ health and education. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit Kate at www.katetparkerphotography.com.