Disney Dream Big, Princess Photography Project #DreamBigPrincess

Disney has unveiled a global photographic campaign in support of #DreamBigPrincess celebrating inspiring stories from around the world to encourage kids everywhere to dream big.

Nineteen female photographers from fifteen countries have created a series of empowering images showcasing real-world girls and women, as part of Disney’s Dream Big, Princess initiative launched in 2016. The project taps into the power of Disney Princess stories to inspire kids.

Highlighted above from left to right

  • Annie Griffiths (USA) - Girl Up Leader Miriam Farooq, 16 (pictured here), spends her time advocating for girls’ and women’s issues across Asia.
  • Kate Parker (USA) - After being diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer at age 11, Grace Bunke (pictured here) bravely underwent treatment and surgery. Today, she continues to enjoy her favorite activity—running—and dreams of being a future Paralympian.
  • Ashima Narain (India) - Uma (pictured here) is defying traditions and continuing her education with the help of Magic Bus, an organization that encourages girls to pursue their love of education and outdoor activities in India.
  • Cristina Mittermeier (Canada) - A singer, songwriter, and actor since age 6, Ta’Kaiya Blaney (pictured here) is the youngest person ever to speak at the United Nations as an advocate for environmental issues and indigenous rights.

Featuring other subjects including a gold-medal-winning Chinese Paralympian, the founder of the first female cycling team in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, a teenage author of a STEM coding book for kids, and a young surf champion from Brazil, the project aims to spotlight a diverse range of stories to connect with kids and families around the world. 

"The idea that stories, whether real life or fictional like those of Belle or Rapunzel, can inspire kids to follow their dreams is at the heart of the #DreamBigPrincess campaign,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We asked some of the most accomplished female photographers to help tell the stories of inspiring women and girls from around the world—and the results are incredible.”

From one of the first female staff photographers at National Geographic to winners of the International Picture of the Year, World Press Photo Award for Nature, Commonwealth Photographer of the Year, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, the accomplished roster of photographers bring a wealth of experience and talent. Each was challenged to find and document stories with the power to inspire kids.

To see the photographers, visit - www.partners.disney.com/dream-big-princess

Meg Schwartz (USA) - In addition to being one of the first-ever celebrity champions for the UN Foundations’s Girl Up Campaign, Monique Coleman (pictured here) was also named the first UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. She then embarked on a 6 month global tour to empower and inspire young people, meet with government officials, and volunteer.

As well as inspiring kids with positive images and the stories behind them, the campaign aims to make a tangible difference for girls who face challenges in achieving their dreams, through its collaboration with Girl Up.

From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million.

Girl Up’s leadership program engages girls to take action and advocate for girls around the world, giving them empowering tools to help make a difference.

In 2016, Disney launched “Dream Big, Princess”, a campaign that encourages kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting key story moments and the inspiring qualities that each Disney Princess showcases through her adventures, such as Merida’s bravery, Cinderella’s kindness or Tiana’s perseverance.

While each princess has her own unique and admirable qualities, what they all have in common is resilience and an ability to triumph over adversity to make their dreams come true.

To support the campaign, visit the Disney Princess Facebook page - www.facebook.com/DisneyPrincess

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