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Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves
Contributor(s): Parker, Kate T.
ISBN: 0761189130     ISBN-13: 9780761189138
Publisher: Workman Pub Co
    OUR PRICE: $16.16  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: March 2017
Annotation: A visual celebration of strong girls presents photographs ranging from yogis and skateboarders to cancer survivors and valedictorians that demonstrate how female power is about confidence, creativity, kindness, and independence as much as muscle.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Girls; Portraits.
Girls; Psychology.
BISAC Categories:
- Photography | Subjects & Themes | Children
- Social Science | Feminism & Feminist Theory
- Family & Relationships | Life Stages
Dewey: 779/.25
LCCN: 2017007862
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (2.02 lbs) 250 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Kate T. Parker is a mother, wife, former collegiate soccer player, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both fine-art projects and commercial work for clients across North America. Her Strong Is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Kellogg’s and Oxygen. The project has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations like Girls on the Run, Glam4Good, and Girls Inc., that invest in girls’ health and education. When she’s not photographing, Kate can be found coaching her daughters’ soccer teams. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Dramatic photos of real girls are paired with stirring quotes from each photo's subject that speak to her unique form of strength, frequently related to athletics, self-expression, confounding expectations, or overcoming adversity. The images are stirring and beautifully composed, the quotes intriguing and inspirational, but absent any context or information about the featured girls, the ultimate effect is somewhat hollow. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 January #1)

This collection of girl-power portraiture showcases the message that girls should be encouraged to be themselves, boldly and wildly, eschewing artificial stereotypes perpetuated in a toxic social media culture. Inspired by her two young daughters, Atlanta-based photographer Parker uses her lens, artistic eye, and perspective as a mother to render a beguiling corpus of images of little girls being girls, which means displaying various versions of being strong (section titles include "Wild Is Strong," "Creative Is Strong," and so on.) In the introduction, Parker explains, "I didn't ask them to smile or go put on a pretty dress. I wanted to capture the girls as they were"—except in the case of her daughter Ella, who explains she was "very scared" for her first triathlon. She explains, "My mom took this shot of me the night before and told me that even though I was afraid to race, to try to look tough and fearless." This captures the book's flaw: it feels contrived. Most young girls bear the marks of empowerment unselfconsciously and don't need to be coached. Though the book is intended to celebrate girlhood, its heavy hand signals a more pointed idea of what girlhood ought to be. Photos. (Mar.)

Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 January)

Gr 3–6—What began as Parker's photography project portraying girls has blossomed into a lovely exploration filled with exquisite images of girls and quotes about what makes them strong, beautiful, and confident. (The text emphasizes that beauty has nothing to do with looks; it's what is on the inside that counts.) The book stresses traits such as resilience, creativity, kindness, and independence. Much of the message driving the work is to embrace different and alternative versions of girlhood and to escape the cultural expectations of what girls should aspire to be (pretty, thin, etc.). The photographs are stunning and range from close-up portraits to action shots. Each picture includes a thoughtful quote from the subject ("Strong girls never lose. They only learn, and come back stronger."). VERDICT The large photos invite browsers to linger and contemplate the girl-positive messages. Recommended.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.