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Mother Photographs Baby Dressed As Influential Women Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, and More

July 31, 2018 - 1:05 pm
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By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

What better way to teach your daughter how to be an influential woman, than to dress her as some female trailblazers throughout history? 

Mom Jenelle Wexler first got the idea after giving birth to her second child, Liberty, when she envisioned her newborn looking like Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter who Jenelle’s a huge fan of. 

"We have a painting of her in our home," Jenelle tells Radio.com about how the idea came about. "She and Liberty kind of had a similar appearance, so I then created Lib a costume of the likes of a realistic baby Frida with a floral headband, unibrow, and clothing I already had on hand the very next day.  From Frida, I began to think of other influencial women who should be celebrated for their contributions and the ideas kept coming!"

Influential Woman Pt. 1: Frida Kahlo ------ who was Frida Kahlo: a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. ------ . #fridakahlo #fridakahloinspired #fridakahloart #fridakahlolovers #kahlo #frida #influentialwomen #womaninhistory #unibrow #famousartist #selfportraitartist #floralheadband #floralheadpiece #babies #babygirl #babyblueeyes #instababies #babiesofinsta #babiesofinstagram #babyphotography #babyphotooftheday #babyphotoshoot #momphotographer #momswithcameras #funnybaby #funnybabies #funnybabypics #ellenratemybaby #lilladylibertyj

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One-month-old Liberty has been madeover into icons like supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg... 

Influential woman Pt 12: Ruth Bader Ginsburg ⚖️ an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice to be confirmed to the court, and one of four female justices to be confirmed. As a judge, Ruth Ginsburg favors caution, moderation and restraint. She is considered part of the Supreme Court's moderate-liberal bloc presenting a strong voice in favor of gender equality, the rights of workers and the separation of church and state. . . #instababy #cameramama #momphotographer #lilladylibertyj #babiesofinsta #ig_kids #babieswithstyle #babycostume #babyspam #babylove #babyphotography #babyphotoshoot #clicknmoms #cutebabies #ohheymama #ruthbaderginsburg #ruthbader #rbg #rbg4life #justiceofsupremecourt #judge #influentialwomen #strongwomen #ellenratemybaby #notoriousrbg #notoriousrbg-- #futureisfemale #idissent #rolemodel

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Singer and celebrity Madonna...

Influential woman Pt 7: Madonna ⭐️-- Since the beginning of her career in the early 1980s, American singer and songwriter Madonna has had a social-cultural impact on the world through her recordings, attitude, clothing and lifestyle. Called the "Queen of Pop", Madonna is labeled by international authors as the greatest woman in music, as well as the most influential and iconic female recording artist of all time. Madonna is the first multimedia pop icon in history and professionals agree that she has become the world's biggest and most socially significant pop icon, as well as the most controversial. .. #babyphotography #babygirl #babyblueeyes #momphotographer #momswithcameras #instababies #instababygirl #instababygirl #babyphotoshoot #babiesofinsta #babiesofinstagram #babieswithstyle #babycostume #babycostumes #infantphotography #madonna #madonnaforever #madonnafanclub #madonnastyle #queenofpop #80smadonna #popicon #popmusic #materialworld #influentialwomen #musician #babieswithstyle #fashionbabies #madonna80s #madonnaqueenofpop #thequeenofpop #lilladylibertyj

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And even Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai. 

Influential woman Pt 15: Malala Yousafzai A Pakistani education advocate who, at the age of 17, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Born on July 12, 1997, Yousafzai became an advocate for girls' education when she herself was still a child, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. In 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations and published her first book, I Am Malala. In 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize.. . #babylove #thatsdarling #babiesofinstagram #instababies #teammotherly #candidchildhood #cameramama #clickinmoms #momphotographer #babyphotoshoot #babyphotography #influentialwomen #nobelpeaceprize #malala #malalayousafzai #ellenratemybaby #ig_kids #ig_baby #childhoodunplugged #childhoodmoments #babyspam #lilladylibertyj #strongwomen #strongwoman

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Jenelle, a self-described "creative soul" and hairstylist by trade, wanted Liberty to be a part of celebrating these women, and hopes that when her daughter gets older she’ll choose to admire and aspire to be just like them. "I am hopeful that when Liberty is older and looks back at these photos, she finds them to be fun yet informatively positive," says Jenelle. "In addition, I wanted to bring attention to their specific stories, to show how important these woman's actions were in helping to shape our current society for the better. I believe these women continue to inspire the young females of present day to push boundries and strive beyond equality. I feel it is important to pay tribute to the women who fought for and helped protect and further women's causes. I only hope these are the indivduals that Liberty herself chooses to admire and aspire to be like."

"Costume design is the fun part, as Liberty is not particular at all," Jenelle admits. "I can dress her up any which way I like and she is cool with it.  I have some history with sewing machines so I can whip out some unique designs relatively quickly, I can complete a costume usually during a nap time or after the kiddos go to bed . A hot glue gun and a pair of good fabric scissors help to put together all sorts of unique fashion pieces. 

"Once a person is chosen for Lib to portray, I decide on a costume after researching photos of the individual to determine the one I feel I can represent most accurately. And then the fun of creating the outfit and backdrop begins!"

Jenelle has be receiving quite a positive response from friends and family who are now giving her suggestions of future women for Liberty to portray. "I keep getting told that these photos of Liberty brighten their day and bring a smile to their faces which helps with my decision to want to continue the photos," Jenelle says. "I have quite a few more women and their stories already in mind with costumes and future shoots in the works! I also have a few other ideas for future photos that I may add to Liberty's growing portfolio... think women in the workforce portraying equality. My mind is always churning."

With icons like this to look up to, we have no doubt that Liberty can become her own force to be reckoned with.