Podcast Episode 135: Strong is the New Pretty

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 135 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a photographer about portraying strong, positive images of girls.

Photographer Kate T. Parker joins us on the show today. Kate is the author of a gorgeous and compelling new photo book called Strong is The New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves. Kate is the mother of two loud, messy, adventurous girls, and in 2015 her “Strong is the New Pretty” photo series went viral, having clearly struck a chord both for the beautiful, raw images and the positive messages behind them. She’s here to share what inspires her to help change the conversation about what girls are supposed to be and how they’re supposed to look.

Here are some resources related to my discussion with Kate.

Blog post on ‘Strong is the New Pretty’

Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves

Kate’s website

The philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty

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Kate’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“I think the best piece of advice is to raise your kids for who they are not for who you’d like them to be. And that’s really hard because we have all these expectations of what we expect our kid to be or what we’d like them to be, or what we were like. But it really is important to celebrate your child for who they actually are and encouraging that because their confidence and self-worth will come from that.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today’s Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.


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