Inspired

VSB Loves: Strong is the New Pretty

March 7, 2017

STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY by Kate T Parker / Workman Publishing

I first came across photographer Kate T. Parker's stunning images on Instagram. I loved the way she captured girls in such a real, honest and beautiful way. This month she will release Strong is the New Pretty, a book that celebrates and empowers young girls. We caught up with Kate ahead of the book release to ask her a few questions about the project. Read our mini interview below and order your copy here!

- VSB

What was the inspiration behind your book?


I am mother to two young girls Ella (11) and Alice (8)—they are my inspiration for Strong is the New Pretty. I was photographing them every day and noticed that the images that were strongest and most meaningful to me were the ones where the girls were being themselves, whatever that was at the moment: dirty, feisty, silly, sassy, angry, funny, loud, and louder. They didn’t need to pose a certain way, or smile for the camera, or brush their hair to be beautiful.

I wanted my girls to know that those images that captured their true personalities showed their beauty. And the images turned into a tool I could use to combat the messages the media often sends to girls and women—that beauty is a particular hairstyle, size, or outfit. When I had the opportunity to expand this project into a book, my goal was to show all kinds of girls and all kinds of strength.
  • STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY by Kate T Parker / Workman Publishing
  • STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY by Kate T Parker / Workman Publishing
  • STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY by Kate T Parker / Workman Publishing
  • STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY by Kate T Parker / Workman Publishing

Why do you think having a book like this is important today?


Women and girls are strong—that’s not new. But it’s convincing them that their strength has value and is worth expressing is something that can take some work. So it’s a message that bears repeating. Because while every generation of girls is dealing with a similar scenario, what is new and what is different about this generation of young girls are the pressures they face—mainly from the internet and social media—to look, act, and be a certain way.

I wanted this book and its message to be a little oasis for the girls. Something for them to look at, to read, to take in and internalize that they don’t need to change, add a filter, or be someone or something else to be beautiful. They already are.

What is the message you want to send to young girls about beauty?


Beauty isn’t a hairstyle, an outfit or faking a smile. Beauty comes from being yourself 100%, following your passions, believing in yourself and loving yourself.
STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY by Kate T Parker / Workman Publishing