For every woman who has, or will soon, harness the power of confidence in herself.
For our follow-up chapter of #Lessons, meet the girls of #ShePlaysWeWin, a photo series throwing the spotlight on young girl athletes. Manhattan Beach photographer Christin Rose has made it her life quest to foster the self-assurance and strength in young girls that so many of them discover in organized sports. This photography project is her outlet.
Look into the eyes of her portraits, and you see a confidence not only blossoming, but radiating from girls who’ve just uncovered the well of strength their bodies are capable of.
A series about more than just its subjects, it’s about any and every young woman who might be moved to action after seeing the images of so many girls like them, who have harnessed this power within themselves.
For girls without the resources and encouragement around them, #ShePlaysWeWin proves that if they hear within them a calling to crawl in the dirt, hop on a board, sweat, stink, bleed – do anything duplicitously branded “unladylike” by who-cares-who – then it’s all theirs for the taking. That their lives are written not by their gender, not by their society, not by their surrounding media and not even by fate, but themselves and themselves alone. Opening a world of possibilities to girls, at an age of self-definition when they need it most.
Look closely, and you can make out a reflection of Christin’s younger self. The little girl who once couldn’t decide between Barbie’s and backyard baseball now echoes in the frilly-skirted skater, figuring out if she’s a tomboy or girly-girl. Coming full circle, as things so often do.
Thank you, Christen!