Source: Brandon E. Turner/Twitter
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June 06, 2016 02:40 PM

What makes a hero?

Bravery? Dedication? The willingness to stand up for your beliefs at the risk of ridicule?

Ainsley Turner displayed all three on May 9, when she showed up at North Carolina’s Holly Springs School of Dance s “Princess Day ” dressed as a hot dog.

The 5-year-old’s popularity steadily increased, as #HotDogPrincess trended on Twitter and pictures of her in her costume spread across social media.

Ainsley’s teacher Sarah Nativi told Buzzfeed, “She loves princesses, but she wanted to be original and wear a hot dog costume instead,” she said. “She wore a princess costume underneath it and said she was a princess on the inside!”

On Saturday, Ainsley was offered the chance to open the school’s spring recital, and she once again showed up in her favorite costume.

Grayson Lamontagne, who also teaches at Holly Springs, told Buzzfeed, “I wanted to share the pictures first of all because it was so innocent and cute, and also because I was so impressed with how confident a little girl could be with herself to just wear whatever she liked the best.” “Her parents and I agree that it’s a great message for young girls and they are, as I can imagine, very proud of Ainsley.”

Ainsley’s dad, Brandon Turner, took to Twitter to share his surprise in his daughter’s newfound fame.

“No parent is ready to learn that their daughter is trending….#hotdogprincess. Best part is it was all her idea!” he wrote.

“She just loves hot dogs!” he added.

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