Repeat after me: Strong is the New Pretty. Hell to the yes. In Kate T. Parker’s debut book Strong is the New Pretty, readers find stunning photographs of and quote from young girls (from 3 to 19 years old) under section headers such as “Strong is the New Pretty,” “Kind is the New Pretty,” and “Unique is the New Pretty.” In the introduction, Parker states that the inspiration came from her history of professional photography. She often took posed photos of young girls, but found that the truly incredible shots were ones where the girls were being authentically themselves– loud, strong, messy, and funny.
I wish that this book was already released so I could buy a bunch of copies and send them out to my friends with young daughters. Actually, I wish that this book was already released so I could buy a bunch of copies and send them to everyone I know. Because this is what being a girl is all about– being authentically and unapologetically yourself, as many of us were as young children.
I found myself awestruck by the quotes– such inspiring, powerful words from such young girls. One eight-year-old remarked, “I can do all the same things as my brother. I just think I do them better.” Another girl, age ten, stated “Girls are intelligent, ambitious, strong people, and I’m proud to be one.” Other photos and quotes were silly, like a young girl making a face as she splashed in the tub.
If you are a girl, if you are related to a girl, if you know a girl: pre-order this book. Set it out on your coffee table so your guests can read it. Give it to all of your friends. Let it serve as a constant reminder to stay true to yourself and love exactly who you are. 5 STARS.
Let me know when you feel most authentically yourself down in the comments below.
Until next time,
PS. Thank you Workman Publishing Company for giving me a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.