It’s always great (and reassuring) to see young people tribute icons and legends, especially in the Black community. Similar to the Because Of Them, We Can campaign that honored Black history with contemporary women posing as historical icons, photographer Marc Bushelle is giving tribute to Black female icons and heroines by using his adorable daughter Lily as the model!
As Bushelle told Mashable.com, “We thought that this would be a good thing to adapt to teach Black history and empower our little girl.” Definitely!
It was Bushelle’s wife Janine Harper who initiated the project when she came across Jaime Moore‘s Not Just A Girl photography set that featured Harper’s daughter Emma emulating women of great achievement like (the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize) Marie Curie, Coco Chanel and Susan B. Anthony.
Keeping it female-centric, Bushelle chose amazing Black women that ranged from fashion to science like Toni Morrison, (first Black female aviator) Bessie Coleman and (first Black woman to fly into space) Dr. Mae Jemison. Even the uber-glamazon Grace Jones was recognized!
The pictures are uploaded on Bushelle’s official Facebook page and official website, and every tribute photo features an informative blurb about the subject. We especially love the diversity of Black women chosen. It’ll inspire Lily to know she can be whatever she aspires to be in years to come. His latest set honors Admiral Michelle Howard, who in 2014 became “the first female four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy and the highest ranking Black woman in the military.”
Mashable noted that the Bessie Coleman picture was Janine’s favorite but Marc still can’t decide his! “They are almost like my babies and they are all special in their own way.”