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This series is a work in progress... an image book to inspire tween and teenage girls. The project, titled "Wonder, Girl" highlights young women in situations not thought typical within current stereotypes. As girls in our tween and teenage years, we get bombarded with messages about what is seemingly acceptable given our body types or shapes, or our hair texture, our intelligence, our aptitude for sports or music, etc. We think one must be toothpick thin and prim and proper to be a ballerina, for example. But, must we? If our style and music propensity leans towards a grunge aesthetic, couldn't we still wear a tutu? Likewise, must we decide exactly which job and which career we want right out of school? Why? Why not cut those marionette-like strings and try a few things that speak directly to our soul? I am hoping my work will help free girls from the stereotypes and limits put on them in our society still today. My message to them is "Wonder, girl!" For as English Poet William Blake once wrote, "What is now proved was once only imagined."

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This series is a work in progress... an image book to inspire tween and teenage girls.  The project, titled "Wonder, Girl" highlights young women in situations not thought typical within current stereotypes.  As girls in our tween and teenage years, we get bombarded with messages about what is seemingly acceptable given our body types or shapes, or our hair texture, our intelligence, our aptitude for sports or music, etc.  We think one must be toothpick thin and prim and proper to be a ballerina, for example.  But, must we?  If our style and music propensity leans towards a grunge aesthetic, couldn't we still wear a tutu?  Likewise, must we decide exactly which job and which career we want right out of school?  Why?  Why not cut those marionette-like strings and try a few things that speak directly to our soul?  I am hoping my work will help free girls from the stereotypes and limits put on them in our society still today. My message to them is "Wonder, girl!"  For as English Poet William Blake once wrote, "What is now proved was once only imagined." <br />
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