The first set of photos has been posted! Check out our website here to view them:
There's been a HUGE outpouring of love support on social media! This project's message is spreading!
The popularity of it has brought a bunch of new participants to me as well, more than enough for the next set of photos! My eventual goal is to get photos with ALL the princesses! Any extra funds will go toward setting up an official non-profit organization to continue doing future photo shoots to tackle other similar issues!
However, that means I will need to continue to rent the studio space several more times. I am doing these photo shoots for free, and the princess performers are volunteering their time to participate, but unfortunately the studio space is not free. I estimate I'll need to rent the studio 5-10 more times in order to accommodate photo shoots with each of the remaining princesses. So any amount donated will help keep the project going!
Donations will also be used to keep the website running, buy new dresses for the boys to wear and to replace the white backdrop we used the first time (it was damaged in the fun!).
Thank you everyone for your continued love and support!
About The Boys Can Be Princesses, Too Project:
During my time as a princess performer, company owner, and preschool assistant, I have seen boys being told that princesses are "just for girls" or that liking princesses and especially dressing as one somehow makes them weak, inferior or not boys. They're told it's not manly, or macho, or normal. This leads boys to feel ashamed of their interests, confused, sad, and lonely.
Putting on a princess dress doesn't make a boy a girl anymore than putting on a shell makes them a real ninja turtle. When I say "can be a princess," I mean they can be a princess when they play the same way they can be a superhero when they play, even though neither is literally possible by definition. I simply feel that a child's imagination should not be limited by their gender.
My goal here is to show these boys and world that it is perfectly acceptable for boys to admire and even dress like princesses. I want to show them it's ok for boys to dress up as their heroes, even if that means they're twirling around in a ball gown. Overall, I want everyone to see it's ok to be who you are and like what you like!
For more details (or to sign up if interested!) visit our website here:
Thank you for helping us spread this message of inclusiveness and acceptance!
- Amy Filadelfo
- Jerry martinez
- Michael Delgado
- Lyndi Bowers
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