In an essay for Bored Panda, mom Ashley Larson wrote that she and her 3-year-old daughter, Scout, started working on their #ScoutStoleMyStyle project in April of 2016, after they found out Scout's grandmother, Nonnie, had been diagnosed with cancer. Through the year of treatment and recovery, Scout was very concerned by how sick her Nonnie appeared, and in particular, her hair loss. To teach Scout about strong women and help her with her anxiety, they started talking about popular icons in media.
Then they started playing dress up! Scout's a child model, and a lot of the people she was interested in were also in media. Her mother would talk to her about what each woman she was posing as had done, and what their strengths were.
The pictures from the project are fiercely adorable, though none can hold a candle to this one, celebrating the strong lady who started it all:
The inspiration behind the whole #scoutstolemystyle project, my mom (Scout's Nonnie) 💕⭐️ She is now cancer free! She has taught our entire family what strength really is! For a further look into the story, click the link in our bio! . . . . . . #cancerfree #letsparty #girlpower #girlboss #feminist #scoutstolemystyle
Larson wrote that sharing the photos with Nonnie was a wonderful experience for them all, and that they've been motivated to continue, even though Nonnie is now cancer free.
"This project has probably taught me just as much or more than it taught my daughter," she writes, "I truly want Scout to be able to look back at this and know that women are just as strong as any man. And to be quite honest, my fingers are crossed that by the time she’s old enough to understand the strength she’s portraying- women won’t be seen as delicate and dainty anymore, anyway. And I hope that when Scout looks back on this, she is proud of who she is and who she will become."
Whoever that is, she's had plenty of inspiration:
"I stand for honesty , equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values, that's what I stand for. I also believe it dance." - @theellenshow ⭐️⭐️TAG @THEELLENSHOW SO SHE CAN SEE THIS ⭐️⭐️ (We normally save our twinning for #twinningtuesday but this one I couldn't wait to post! ) #theellenshow #scoutstolemystyle
This is a very sweet way to teach your kid about other women in history, especially if they're willing to sit still for it all. Scout is a preternaturally complacent 3-year-old. Even before the project began, she was able to lay down long enough to emulate another model she might look up to. See if you recognize who: