The Dream Big, Princess photography campaign kicked off last week, and has already been a huge success! For the campaign, Disney asked female photographers from around the world to showcase “real-world girls and women,” in an effort to raise money for the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, which empowers girls and women from around the world to accomplish their dreams and goals. The photos turned out incredible and completely inspired us.
For every use of #DreamBigPrincess on social media (including likes and shares on those posts), Disney Worldwide Services promised to donate to Girl Up, with a goal of $1 million! And amazingly enough, the goal was swiftly reached!
Here are some of our favorite photos from the campaign, highlighting the ways these incredible girls and women show us what it means to “dream big.” If you want to check out these photographs in person, they will be on display at United Nations headquarters in New York from now until the first week of January, 2018.
Mary, photographed by Amy Vitale.
Mary works at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya, helping elephant orphans return to their natural habitat.
Sasha, photographed by Annie Griffiths.
Sasha (middle) is 19 years old, but she has already published a coding book for children, to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM fields.
Uma, photographed by Ashima Narain.
Uma, from India, is receiving her education with the help of Magic Bus, an organization that gives girls in India support in their pursuits of education and outdoor activities.
Ta’Kaiya, photographed by Cristina Mittermeier.
Ta’Kaiya is not only a singer, songwriter, and actor, but she has also spoken at the United Nations advocating for environmental issues and indigenous rights.
Tutya, photographed by Dilan Boyzel.
Tutya is a Turkish artistic gymnast who represented Turkey at the Olympics three times. She was even the youngest Turkish gymnast of all time to represent Turkey (during the 2016 Rio Olympics)!
Alice, photographed by Kate Parker.
Alice is part of the Blasters soccer team (pictured behind her). This photo was instantly iconic to us the second we saw it. You go, Alice!
Lea, photographed by Laura Zalenga.
Lea wants to be an astronaut. Everything about this photograph is love, hope, and pure inspiration.
Sol, photographed by Luisa Dorr.
11 year-old Sol is a championship surfer in Brazil. Sol wants to be the first female world champion surfer from Brazil.
Rong, photographed by Lulu Liao.
Rong won a gold medal in fencing in 2012 at the London Paralympics. She also represented China in the 2016 Rio Paralympics (where she won three more gold medals!) and was also China’s flag bearer in the Opening Ceremony.
Sofia, photographed by Margarita Kareva.
Photographer Margarita Kareva dreamt of being a pilot when she was a child. This artistic portrayal featuring Sofia as a pilot is absolutely beautiful.
Zakia, photograph by Paula Bronstein.
23-year-old Zakia teaches young women in her village in the Bamiyan region of Afghanistan how to ride bicycles, in order to ensure they can to get to school.
All of these women and girls are heroes in their own right, and these photos give us hope for the future! Remember to dream big!
Thank you for dreaming big! By liking and posting #DreamBigPrincess photos on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, you helped reach the goal. Disney Worldwide Service will be donating US $1M to the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign. Funds will support Girl Up’s leadership development programming for girls around the world. While the donation goal has been met, you can still inspire others to dream big by sharing your photos online. No additional posts or likes will trigger any more donations.