People were hooked from the first photo.
Now everyone wants to see what 10-month-old Liberty will be wearing. Maybe a giant wig. Or glasses or a hat, depending on whether she’s depicting Diana Ross or Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Queen Elizabeth.
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Illinois Mom Jenelle Wexler, 36, began recreating the looks of influential women when her daughter was 3-weeks-old with a snapshot of Liberty dressed as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
She posted the photo to her Instagram page @photographyofliberty and people responded.
“People seemed to like it,” Wexler told USA TODAY. “And I did a little bio to go with it. And there are so many amazing women out there. I showcased Amelia Earhart and Marie Curie and I kept getting more ideas and I kept going.”
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Dressing her daughter as Kahlo just “popped in my head,” said the mom from McHenry, Ill. She had always photographed Liberty’s 2-year-old big brother River in holiday-themed settings and costumes and was looking for a theme for her newborn daughter, too.
A couple hours a week, almost 100 influential women
She found supplies for the flowery headpiece at a local fabric store and hot-glued the pieces together. The T-shirt and shorts that created Kahlo’s look from her travels to Honduras were borrowed from a friend. The connected eyebrows were sketched on Liberty with black eyeliner. The scarf and necklace came from her closet.
Since Wexler created the account less than a year ago, she is approaching her 100th influential female icon and 13,000 followers. The primarily self-taught sewer creates most of the outfits with fabric and items she has at home. The remaining props and materials come from friends and thrift stores. The hair stylist estimates she devotes about 2-3 hours hours a week designing, sewing, researching her female icon for a bio she includes on Instagram and photographing Liberty.
“She is super duper cooperative. She puts up with a lot of my shenanigans.” Wexler said, laughing.”I’ll keep doing it while she is enjoying it. She doesn’t mind. It’s got a little bit trickier now that she’s crawling and mobile though.”
The photos that get the most comments are the household names, she said, like Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey.
Women worth knowing more about
Wexler said she began paying tribute to women she knew but has also featured women she had to research. What she learns and what people say they are discovering is the most gratifying aspect about these influential women posts.
During Black History month, she featured her daughter as Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to integrate an all-white public elementary school in New Orleans.
“People would comment, ‘I didn’t know about this woman thanks for bringing her to my attention,” Wexler said. “She definitely needs to be celebrated, and Ruby Bridges was a phenomenal little girl.'”
Wexler said she has filled three scrapbooks for Liberty of the photos she’s taken.
“It started off as a fun project for myself,” she said. “But now it’s something that everyone in the family is involved with. It’s much bigger than I ever imagined. My son loves it, too. He likes to see who Liberty is going to dress up as. And when my husband is home, he’s in the background getting her to smile.”
For that, we’re all grateful!
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