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This is a project highlighting young women in jobs and settings not thought typical within current stereotypes. Girls in their tween and teenage years get bombarded with messages about what is seemingly acceptable given their body types or shapes, or hair texture, intelligence, aptitude for sports or music or what have you. One thinks she must be toothpick thin and prim and proper to be a ballerina, for example. But, must she? If one's style and music propensity leans towards a grunge aesthetic, couldn't she still wear a tutu?

I am hoping my work will inspire and empower teen and tween girls... to help free them from the stereotypes and limits put on them in our society still today. I want them to see their future selves in these photos, to know that others are doing it (whatever that special 'it' is for them). Whether it be the petite pretty girl working on a whaler, or a prom queen as a professional gamer, or a tomboy designing overtly feminine wedding dresses. Instead of having to think outside of the box, removing the box altogether.

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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Patricia Fortlage
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The Wonder, Girl Project, People
This is a project highlighting young women in jobs and settings not thought typical within current stereotypes.  Girls in their tween and teenage years get bombarded with messages about what is seemingly acceptable given their body types or shapes, or hair texture, intelligence, aptitude for sports or music or what have you.  One thinks she must be toothpick thin and prim and proper to be a ballerina, for example.  But, must she?  If one's style and music propensity leans towards a grunge aesthetic, couldn't she still wear a tutu?<br />
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I am hoping my work will inspire and empower teen and tween girls... to help free them from the stereotypes and limits put on them in our society still today.  I want them to see their future selves in these photos, to know that others are doing it (whatever that special 'it' is for them).  Whether it be the petite pretty girl working on a whaler, or a prom queen as a professional gamer, or a tomboy designing overtly feminine wedding dresses.  Instead of having to think outside of the box, removing the box altogether.<br />
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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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