The Disney princesses we grew up with leave a lasting impact. It’s so easy to blame them for unrealistic beauty standards and love stories, that we often forget the real lessons they meant to teach. Thankfully, Disney’s new campaign is here to remind us.
In a new photography campaign called Dream Big Princess, 19 female photographers in 15 countries took pictures of ordinary women of all colors, ages, and sizes, doing extraordinary things. From August 15 to October 11, every Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter photo using the hashtag #DreamBigPrincess will prompt Disney to donate $1 to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation organization that raises funds and awareness for programs that empower girls all over the world.
You can also prompt a donation by liking a public image that uses the hashtag, or you can re-post one of the photographer’s pre-existing pics. Disney Worldwide Services will donate for each action up to $1 million.
As little girls, Disney princesses taught us to be brave, to be confident, to fight against stereotypes (looking at you, Merida!) and to never give up no matter the circumstance. Photographer Kate. T. Parker, who photographed an aspiring Paralympian named Grace, spoke to Glamour about the project and explained that Disney princesses are a lot like normal girls in that “they show strength and power and determination.”
Want to support girls' leadership and empowerment? Like this post, or any post with #DreamBigPrincess, and Disney will donate to @girlupcampaign! I’m honored to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! Wanjiku Kinuthia is a Kenyan conservation writer and communications officer for Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in northern Kenya. She works with both international and local communities creating on-the-ground awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation. It has been inspiring getting to spend time with this remarkable young woman and learn what inspires her to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US 0,000 and a maximum of US million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.
“Princesses can look perfect and be perfect and have their hair done, but then the next moment they can be having a mud fight,” she said. “And that’s perfectly fine. We have these contradictions within ourselves, and I think that’s OK. You can be a tomboy and still care about what you look like.”
Check out some of the amazing photos. Repost them, or take one yourself! If you needed an excuse to take a cute selfie or post a plan-did, this is the best one you could ever ask for.
@Disney's latest initiative wants to go the extra mile in challenging the outdated notion that girls only want to be saved by Prince Charming. For its #DreamBigPrincess photo campaign, @Disney asked 19 female photographers to shoot positive images of strong female role models from all over the world. Through October 11, anytime one of these images is shared using the hashtag #DreamBigPrincess or liked on social media, @Disney will donate to the United Nations Foundation’s @girlupcampaign, which promotes leadership and empowerment in young women. The goal is to raise million for the foundation. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. Photographed by @luisadorr.
It is an honor to share the photos I captured for the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign. I had the privilege of working with young @Takaiya_Blaney, a singer, song-writer, drummer and speaker for her people, the Tla’amin First Nation of British Columbia. I wanted my images to show the inexorable relationship that the people from this coast have had for thousands of years with the Salish Sea. Ta’Kaiya told me her Big Dream is to save what is near her heart, and the heart of her culture. She wants to achieve recognition for indigenous and environmental rights and she will do it by transforming words into actions and actions to results. My dream is to make her dream a reality. From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US 0,000 and a maximum of US million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.
In honor of Disney's #DreamBigPrincess campaign I want to tell a little story. . . . Once upon a time there was a girl who wanted nothing more than to work at Disneyland and be a princess. She dreamed about it every night. She prayed for guidance and direction because she wanted to follow God's plan for her life even more than she wanted to be a Disney Cast Member. Upon the realization that God had greater things in store for her closer to home, she was really sad. While she wanted to fulfill God's plan, she wondered why God would put such a passion and drive inside of her if she was never supposed to use it. Then, one day, with the help of her very own Prince Charming, she had a big idea! She could foster the imagination and dreams of children right where she was supposed to be. She would be a princess, but not in Disneyland. She would bring smiles and joy to children in her very own little town. And she loved every second of it. Her passion and gifts were not all for naught. They were very much needed, just where God wanted her to be. The moral of my little story is that when you put your trust in God and seek his will, you will never be disappointed. He is good and he loves us so. #storytime #believer #princess #chosen #loved #wanted #cherished #disney #cosplay #frozen #princessanna #doyouwanttobuildasnowman #arrendale #godsplan
I am absolutely delighted to share photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign I shot together with 17 amazing photographers from 15 countries across the world! During the shoot, I spent time with many adolescent girls who are part of the Magic Bus program in Mumbai, an organisation that takes them on an incredible journey from Childhood to Livelihood, and in doing so, uses sport to inculcate physical confidence into girls. Many Indian girls who live in such challenging circumstances are not allowed to leave their homes, and certainly not play, which greatly affects their confidence and ability to make decisions. It was fantastic to spend time with Sejal (skipping) who wants to be a teacher and enable other girls to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US 0,000 and a maximum of US million to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment. Please share, or post your own images with the #DreamBigPrincess Thank you!!!
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