By: Krystle Crossman
Marc Beshelle and his wife Janine Harper want to make sure that their daughter grows up to be an empowered young women who knows all about the amazing black women in history that she can look up to for inspiration. Five-year-old Lily was given different outfits and posed for five different photos that emulated a famous photo of an inspirational black woman. Here are the five women that she posed as and the amazing things that they have done:
1. Grace Jones – Grace Jones is an accomplished model, singer, and actress. She got her start as a model in New York and then went on to model for top-name designers in Paris. She had a few Top 40 hits in the UK and has also done some smaller films in the U.S.
2. Toni Morrison – This prolific author and professor has been an inspiration to black women all over the world. She has had multiple best-sellers. She won a Pulizter Prize in 1988 for her novel Beloved. In 1993 she won the Nobel Prize. In 2012 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
3. Josephine Baker – In 1934, Baker was the first black woman ever to start in a major motion picture. She starred in Zouzou and from there rocketed into a wonderful career as a singer, dancer, and actress. She refused to perform for segregated audiences. She also received a French military honor, the Croix de guerre, for her help with the French Resistance during World War II.
4. Bessie Coleman – Coleman was the first African-American woman to become a pilot and also the first to hold an international pilot’s license. She had a short but well-known aviation career in the 20s. Unfortunately she was killed in a plane crash at the young age of 34. She had competed in airshows around the country despite much criticism due to her color and gender.
5. Mae Jemison – In 1992 aboard the Endeavour, Jemison became the first African-American woman to fly into space. NASA hand-picked her from the Peace Corps in 1987 to join the astronaut corps. In 1993 she resigned from NASA and took a job where she researches how to use to technology in everyday life.