Strong is the new pretty.

My girls know that who they are is just perfect.

Their silly, adventureous, frustrated, happy, LOUD, athletic, fierce, funny selves.

Being themselves is enough for us. And ultimately, for them, too…that’s the goal, at least.

They don’t need to have their hair done, clothes matching, or even be clean to be loved or accepted.

We love them as they are, loud, dirty, competitive…just like my parents loved me for being um, the exact same way. 🙂 I wanted this series of images to show their boldness, their strength and the beauty in them, as they are.

Strong is the new pretty.

Check out the amazing article that the ridiculously cool and inspiring Mary Alice Stephenson wrote for Huffington Post. Her project Glam 4 Good is a force for good and doing amazing things.


*** Strong is the New Pretty, the book, will be published with Workman Publishing in Spring, 2017!!

From the article…

“You don’t need to be pretty, perfect or compliant to be loved.”

That is the message photographer Kate T. Parker wanted to use to empower her girls when she started taking their pictures three years ago. You won’t see any dolls or pink tutus in this heartwarming, energetic series that beautifully showcases what it means to be a girl now. Parker, a photographer based in Atlanta, Ga., turned her lens on her daughters as a way to encourage them to escape the stereotypes imposed on young girls and celebrate their strengths and interests. Parker’s message to her daughters, aged 5 and 8, is “be strong, be yourself, be honest and celebrate who you are.”







Me and my babes.


January 1, 2016 - 8:53 pm

Ella Turner - Absolutely brilliant – I just love these.

January 2, 2016 - 12:25 am

Shelly Michalak - Kate,
Your photos entitled “pretty is the new strong” made me cry. My daughter is an equestrian, and every time she has complained about her body, I told her, “A waif cannot stay on a horse jumping and galloping across a 5 mile cross country course! You are smart and strong and beautiful! ”

I showed her your photos and she smiled and said “they are amazing, but the pressure is still out there, not every girl is raised in household like this…”

Thank you, this attitude is many generations overdue! Keep shooting pictures of those amazing girls!

Shelly, a strong woman proud to the mother two strong daughters