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Disney’s ‘dream big princess’ photo series challenges the princess stereotype

Posted August 17
Updated August 21

Disney is using a new photo series to turn the traditional idea of a “princess” on its head. The #DreamBigPrincess campaign, a team effort between Disney and Girl Up, a United Nations foundation that aims to empower young girls, features work from photographers around the world who identify as women.

The photos show everyday girls and women embodying the characteristics associated with their favorite Disney princesses: strength, ambition, passion, courage, boldness. The girls pictured include a soccer player, coder, teen adviser and paralympic gold medalist, and their determination is contagious.

“The idea that stories, whether real life or fictional like those of Belle or Rapunzel, can inspire kids to follow their dreams is at the heart of the #DreamBigPrincess campaign,” Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, said in a press release. “We asked some of the most accomplished female photographers to help tell the stories of inspiring women and girls from around the world-and the results are incredible.”

Disney first launched the #DreamBigPrincess campaign last year with this inspiring video that contrasted Disney princesses with real-life girls.

The continuation of the campaign now takes the entire project a step further.

Take a look below at some of the beautiful shots captured by photographers for the #DreamBigPrincess campaign this year, starting with photographer Kate Parker’s shot of a young soccer player:

Paula Bronstein took beautiful photos of the 23-year-old woman who launched Afghanistan’s first official women’s bike team:

Afghan cyclist Zakia Mohammadi, age 23, gets her headscarf ready as she gets ready for a ride in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. I'm so excited to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! http://partners.disney.com/dream-big-princess Photographing Afghan athlete Zakia Mohammadi , 23, was incredibly rewarding. She is a cycling coach and founder of the first official women's bike team outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's program supporting adolescent girls' leadership and empowerment. #DreamBigPrincess #onassignment #afghanistan #afghanwomen #bamiyan #cycling #sport

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Afghan cyclist Zakia Mohammadi, age 23, pushes her youngest sister, Honey, age 7, on her bike beside their home on a hilly dirt which can be challenging for a child in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. I'm so excited to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! http://partners.disney.com/dream-big-princess Photographing Afghan athlete Zakia Mohammadi , 23, was incredibly rewarding. She is cycling coach and founder of the first official women's bike team outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's program supporting adolescent girls' leadership and empowerment. #DreamBigPrincess #onassignment #afghanistan #afghanwomen #bamiyan #cycling #sport

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Cristina Mittermeier captured the joy of a young First Nations singer, songwriter, drummer and activist:

It is an honor to share the photos I captured for the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign. I had the privilege of working with young @Takaiya_Blaney, a singer, song-writer, drummer and speaker for her people, the Tla'amin First Nation of British Columbia. I wanted my images to show the inexorable relationship that the people from this coast have had for thousands of years with the Salish Sea. Ta'Kaiya told me her Big Dream is to save what is near her heart, and the heart of her culture. She wants to achieve recognition for indigenous and environmental rights and she will do it by transforming words into actions and actions to results. My dream is to make her dream a reality. From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation's program supporting adolescent girls' leadership and empowerment.

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Luisa Dorr took a picture of an 11-year-old girl who dreams of becoming Brazil’s first female world champion surfer:

Hello, glad to be part of the #DreamBigPrincess campaign made by Disney, together with a great group of photographers. I had the chance to meet Sol and her family and what inspires her to dream big. At only age 11, Sol Carrion is often the youngest to compete in surf championships in Bahia, and dreams big with a goal of becoming the first female world champion surfer from Brazil. . . From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's program supporting adolescent girls' leadership and empowerment. @thedisneyprincesses

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Theresa Balderas perfectly captured the joy of an adopted Mexican girl after she spent two years in an orphanage:

From now until Oct. 11, Disney will donate $1 for every post that tags #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and will donate $1 for every “like” a #DreamBigPrincess post gets, for a maximum donation of $1 million. So go check out and like all the inspiring #DreamBigPrincess posts out there, then post a few of your own!

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