This Mom Taught Her Daughter About Iconic Black Women By Dressing Her Up as Them
Cristi Jones dressed up her 5-year-old daughter Lola as an iconic black woman each day for Black History Month.
"I tried to pick a diverse group with varied backgrounds," Jones told The Huffington Post. "I wanted to highlight their accomplishments, regardless of their personal or political views. She just needs to know how they affected the world, so I picked women that could teach her a lesson in some way."
The hardest part of the powerful series, Jones told The Huffington Post, was narrowing down the list of people to one person for each day of February.
Jones said that she and Lola have had a great time dressing up and modeling for her cell phone camera — and sometimes even for her photographer friend Kayleigh Stefanko's real camera. She told The Huffington Post that Lola's wardrobe was easy to work with for the shoots and when it wasn't, she invented from her own closet and her husband's — only buying two wigs and a few hats as extra costume pieces.
"She likes to get into costume, do hair and sometimes makeup, and in her words, 'make their faces,'" Jones said.
Jones' one goal was to show her daughter "strong, positive role models."
And she did.
Introducing her to civil rights leader, Fannie Lou Hamer, was her favorite transformation to watch, Jones said of Lola.
"Showing Lola her photo, and watching her expression transform before me, was almost unnerving," Jones told The Huffington Post. "She had an innate ability to channel the emotion of the women in the original photos."
Jones hopes that these photos will encourage more people to watch, read, and talk about the stories, contributions, and struggles of those who came before us, she told The Huffington Post.
Take a look at the series, posted to Jones' personal Twitter page:
Doing a Black History Month photo project w/ my 5 y.o. One photo recreated of one incredible black woman every day in Feb. This was Day 1. pic.twitter.com/I40PEZklO2— Cristi Smith-Jones (@MsKittiFatale) February 3, 2017
Photo Credit: Twitter/Cristi Smith-Jones @MsKittiFatale