"They can be girly and athletic. Artsy and smart. Whatever they dream they can achieve," said Heather Mitchell
It was during a conversation that Heather Mitchell had at her 8-year-old daughter’s softball practice in Alabama that made her realize young girls shouldn’t have to choose between being an athlete or dressing up as a princess.
At that practice a mother told Mitchell that her daughter “was not athletic — that she was a girly girl,” she told Today. “I couldn’t sleep that night. All I could think was, ‘Why does she have to choose?'”
The very next morning, Mitchell, who is also a photographer, brought her daughter Paislee to her studio and took images of her posing as a princess, but wearing softball gear. After posting the pictures, other parents asked her if she could do the same for their daughters too, according to Today.
Mitchell told the NBC show that when she was growing up she went to every sports game — and wore lipstick at the same time.
“Our daughters do not have to choose,” she added. “My parents taught me that I could be anything I wanted growing up. I didn’t realize until I was much older that everyone is not that blessed.”
She added: “I hope that every little girl that sees this series can see that there is no box. Whatever their dreams are, they can achieve them.”
In a Facebook post — which has since been shared 123,000 times — Mitchell posted images with the caption, “because you can do it all.”
Mitchell told CafeMom that she realized the images went viral when she was on vacation with her mom in Mexico and “thought Facebook must have been broken.”
She told the site that she came up with this idea to because “there is no box.”
“They can be girly and athletic. Artsy and smart. Whatever they dream they can achieve,” she said.