Kate T. Parker is a mother, wife, former collegiate soccer player, Ironman and professional photographer who shoots both fine art projects and commercial work for clients across North America. Her Strong Is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Kellogg’s and Oxygen. The project has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations that invest in girls’ health and education, like Girls on the Run, Glam4Good and Girls Inc. She lives with her family in Atlanta.
Confident, wild, joyful, fearless, resilient, creative, strong. Girls are all these things, and more. A mother of two loud, messy, freckled, and amazing daughters, Kate T. Parker began taking pictures of her girls in everyday life—biking, playing soccer, discovering tide pools—and quickly came to realize the most resonant images captured her daughters’ true, authentic selves. Striking and fresh, the photos morphed into the Strong Is the New Pretty photography series, which went viral in 2015 and has now been expanded into a book of the same name.
Strong Is the New Pretty is a celebration of the tenacious spirit inherent within every girl. Featuring Parker’s stunning photography alongside advice and wisdom from her diverse subjects, the book demonstrates that all girls—not just the athletic ones—are unstoppable. Girls reading or studying, girls jumping in mud and leaves, girls comforting a best friend, girls on the playing field, and girls creating art— Strong Is the New Pretty reminds us that beauty is not about being a certain size, having your hair done a certain way, or wearing a certain dress. It is about being yourself.
Filled with more than 175 color and black-and-white photographs, this important collection will inspire girls and women to be their best selves— to challenge and test their limits, to nurture their curiosity and intellect, to find strength in being creative and kind in bold displays of anger and joy, and in quiet determination. Because as Grace F., age 13, says: “Being a girl has no limits.”