Dad & 5-Year-Old Daughter Recreate Iconic Pictures of Famous Black Women (PHOTOS)

Suzee Skwiot | Mar 17, 2015 Being a Mom

young girl dressed as toni morrisonGiving children strong role models and historical figures to aspire to is one of the many ways to motivate and push them toward greatness. Showing our kids that the generations who came before us were powerful, inspirational, and influential helps to show them that they are also capable of achieving the same status. And that's exactly what one dad is doing by dressing and photographing his young daughter in the likeness of powerful and historical black figures.

It all started when Bushelle's wife found a similar concept online. Together, they talked about the massive power of imagery and how they can help teach their 5-year-old daughter Lily. "We thought it would be important to recreate iconic photos so our daughter could feel a connection to these amazing women who came before her," Bushelle tells The Stir.

And so, together, they set out on this inspiring project. "This has been so encouraging and I certainly want to keep the momentum going," he adds. "We will continue to do the iconic photos. We wanted to educate our daughter. We had no idea it would reach, touch, and teach so many people."

Take a look at the slideshow for their favorite snapshots.

Which one is your favorite?



Image via Marc Bushelle Photography

  • Shirley Chisholm


    "We are looking for women who are trailblazers in all sorts of fields," Bushelle says.

    Take Shirley Chisholm, here, for example. Chisholm became the first black woman to be elected to Congress and was the first woman to campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

  • Michelle Howard


    Michelle Howard became the first female four star admiral in the United States Navy just last year. That same day, she also became the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Famously, she helped to direct the ship that rescued hijacked Captain Richard Phillips and his crew, and was referenced in the Tom Hanks film, Captain Phillips.

  • Toni Morrison


    As the author of the classic Beloved, Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first black woman to earn that achievement. In 2012, she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

  • Grace Jones


    A true triple threat, Grace Jones started out as a model, and appeared on covers of Elle and Vogue. She then signed a deal with Island Records and steadily made appearances on the Top 40 charts, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and starred in multiple movies, including the James Bond flick A View to a Kill.

  • Josephine Baker


    When she first joined a vaudeville troupe in New York City, Josephine Baker had no idea she'd be the show's main star. She was catapulted to the spotlight and was one of the women who spoke during Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington. And to get his daughter in character, Bushelle and his wife showed her YouTube videos, speeches, and performances in inspiration.

  • Dr. Mae Jemison


    Dr. Mae Jemison made history, to say the least. She was the first black woman to get accepted to the NASA astronaut training program and was on-board the Endeavor in 1992.

    And just like Jemison's accomplishments, the Bushell's success has been out of this world. "We've been enjoying it," Marc says. "My wife and I have had fun thinking up who's next and a lot of fun teasing our friends and family. It's pushing all of us to be more creative and that's a great thing."

  • Bessie Coleman


    This one, is his daughter's favorite. Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to pilot a United States plane, impressed the world with her tricks. She'd fly barrel rolls and loops, shocking anyone who watched.

    "[My daughter] attends PS 770 The New American Academy in Brooklyn and her class is named after Bessie Coleman," Marc says, making this one Lily's ultimate photo shoot.


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