Strong is the New Pretty “Strong is the New Pretty” started as a personal project for photographer and mother to two young girls, Kate T. Parker. Kate wanted to showcase her girls as they are…loud, messy, silly, fearless, independent, confident and fierce. Through her images, she wanted to combat the messages the media sends to women and girls: that beauty is a hairstyle, a certain size or an outfit. Kate’s goal was to show that true beauty is in being yourself 100%. Confident is beautiful. Messy is pretty. Loud is great. Silly is awesome. Strong is the new pretty. The response to Kate’s images has been amazing. From Bangalore to Boston, Atlanta to Australia, the images have been embraced. The work has been shared via social media extensively. It has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party, Zooey Deschanel’s Hello Giggles, Buzzfeed (1 million views), Mashable, Distractify, The Washington Post, A Mighty Girl, Lean In, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Vanity Fair, Glamour, The Daily Mail, Redbook, The New Zealand Herald, Mind Body Green, Huffington Post, Self Magazine, Pop Sugar, Good Housekeeping, Mic, among others. “Strong is the New Pretty” will be a book with Workman Publishing to be published in 2017. The book will expand the images from just Kate’s immediate circle to young women around the country. A diverse group of strong, beautiful and inspiring girls have been shot and will continue to be photographed for the book . Kate’s goal is to have someone in the book that everyone can relate to in some way. Someone that they can understand their struggle, someone they see themselves in, someone that inspires them.