Girls have always had the burden of choosing between the two: Will she be a sporty girl or a girly girl? Those classifications have split the girl demographic to two distinct categories, and the effects of it are pronounced. Some can’t leave the house without an hour of doing makeup, while some may even rough it up with the guys comfortably. But what if girls do not have to choose? This mom gave us a glimpse of what may be without this diversion between girls.
Alabama native Heather Mitchell is a photographer and most importantly a mom who loves his kids so much had this brilliant idea while chatting with another mom on her daughter’s softball practice. “My youngest daughter is 8 and she is trying softball this year for the first time.” Heather said.
“We were at practice a few weeks ago and I was talking with the other moms. I was saying that I hoped Paislee learned to love the game because she was athletic. One of the moms told me that she was not athletic that she was a girly girl. I couldn’t sleep that night. All I could think was, ‘why does she have to choose?’”
“I played every sport my school offered and wore lipstick to every game,” Heather continued. “So the next day, we went to the studio and created her shot. I seriously only spent about three minutes shooting because I knew exactly what I wanted.”
“I posted them to my personal Facebook and had tons of requests so we added two days to our schedule and they sold out in one hour. So I added two more days and they sold out too. These photos were my daughter and some of the girls from the first day of shoots. I have three more days next month!”
The successful shoots have gone viral in just a matter of time, shared almost 200,000 times among various social media sites. The world has now finally discovered, “Girls do not have to choose among the two classifications.”
“Our daughters do not have to choose,” Heather said. “My parents taught me that I could be anything I wanted growing up. I didn’t realize until I was much older that everyone is not that blessed.”
“It is important for girls to know that there is no box. They can be girly and athletic. Artsy and smart. Whatever they dream, they can achieve. ”