For three year-old girls, digging into your parent’s dress-up box and donning costumes that turn you into super heroes or Elsa from Frozen (because I swear every second kid I see at the supermarket is sporting one of these, am I right?) is pretty much all the fun you need.
But for Scout Larson, dressing up means so much more. With a little help from her mama, the toddler re-creates images of kick-ass females throughout time. People from Malala Yousafzai and Frida Kahlo to Betty White and Meryl Streep.
The results of these dress-ups have been documented in photographs by her mum and pretty much make her a hero.
The idea came about when Scout’s grandmother was diagnosed with cancer and they wanted a way to cope with the devastating diagnosis.
“When Nonnie’s hair started to fall out, Scout got very concerned and I wanted to put both of our minds at ease,” explains Scout’s mum, Ashley. “I needed to teach her and remind myself that women are fighters! We chose famous and fierce women to teach her about the strength that women have. I truly want Scout to be able to look back at this and know that women are just as strong as any man.”
Ashley taught her daughter about every woman whose image they chose to recreate and why they are strong role models for her to look up to.
The mother-daughter powerhouse worked on their project for almost a year — the same amount of time it took for ‘Nonnie’ to undergo six rounds of chemeotherapy and a double mastectomy. They presented the images to their very loved mother/grandmother at the end of her treatment and now, Nonnie isDVS cancer free. Whoop!
Check out the amazing images here:
And this one of Scout with her ‘Nonnie’ says it all.
What fierce woman would you have liked to see Scout dress as?
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