The team every girl wants to be on.
“Cute, but intimidating” is what photographer Betsy Gregory was going for when she recently shot pictures of her daughter’s tee-ball team.
Elsa dresses from Disney’s “Frozen” and some tough mean mugs have the Internet talking about more than just the girls’ competitive spirit. The empowering image takes a swing at deconstructing society’s ideals of beauty.
The team photo that was originally posted to Facebook and Sports Illustrated Kids highlights 12 of the 13 members of Freeze, a tee-ball team based in Oklahoma, USA. All of the girls are between the ages of 4 and 5.
Although they are young, and as Gregory says, sometimes too young to understand what's happening on the field, she hopes that the photo's message will resonate with female athletes of any age.
"I think a lot of young women see the picture as empowering — empowering from the sense that you can be cute, sparkly and tough, and that's okay," Gregory says. "Beauty comes from the inside and that's what we want to teach these girls. That you can do things and be pretty, but what is inside is what matters most."