Baby Liberty: 18-Month-Old Has Portrayed 137 Influential Women In Inspiring Photography Project

Meet Liberty Jaine, a baby girl who has spent the first 18 months of her life paying visual tribute to women everyone should know through a photography project dreamed up by her creative mom, Jenelle Wexler. Liberty’s first portrayal, at just 3 weeks old, was of Frida Kahlo. She’s since been photographed as 136 other influential women from the past and present. Each beyond-adorable photo of “Liberty as…” is posted with info about the woman she’s celebrating, rendering an Instagram feed that is equal parts heart-melting and inspiring.

Scrolling through all of its WYSKiness, we were totally captivated by Photography of Liberty and connected with Jenelle to get the story behind this dynamic mother-daughter project. Of the “fun, yet informatively positive” photos that fill the feed, she told us, “It’s important to pay tribute to the women who fought for and helped protect and further women’s causes. I want to bring attention to their specific stories to show how critical these women’s actions were in helping to shape our current society for the better.” Jenelle added, “These women continue to inspire young women today to push boundaries and strive beyond equality. I only hope these are the individuals that Liberty, herself, chooses to admire.”

So how does this “proud mama” select the women Liberty represents? Jenelle explained that she takes inspiration from everywhere. “Issues, awards, current events, women I look up to, suggestions from Liberty’s fans… there are truly so many amazing and empowering women that our project could continue for a long time!”

A hairstylist/salon owner by trade, and a photographer by hobby, Jenelle attempts to capture each woman’s essence in Liberty. To date, her three favorite photos from the project are Frida Kahlo, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Alicia Keys… with Ellen and Oprah taking her fourth and fifth spots.

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#tbt to 3 week old Liberty!? Her very first portrayal of an influential woman!! Influential Woman Pt. 1: Frida Kahlo ??? who was Frida Kahlo: a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. On September 17, 1925, Kahlo and Alejandro Gómez Arias, a school friend with whom she was romantically involved, were traveling together on a bus when the vehicle collided with a streetcar. As a result of the collision, Kahlo was impaled by a steel handrail, which went into her hip and came out the other side. She suffered several serious injuries as a result, including fractures in her spine and pelvis. After the accident, Frida Kahlo turned her attention away from the study of medicine to begin a full-time painting career. The accident left her in a great deal of pain while she recovered in a full body cast; she painted to occupy her time during her temporary state of immobilization. Her self-portraits became a dominant part of her life when she was immobile for three months after her accident. Frida Kahlo once said, "I paint myself because I am often alone and I am the subject I know best". Her mother had a special easel made for her so she could paint in bed, and her father lent her his box of oil paints and some brushes. Drawing on personal experiences, including her marriage, her miscarriages, and her numerous operations, Kahlo's works often are characterized by their stark portrayals of pain. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits which often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds. She insisted, "I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality". Kahlo was deeply influenced by indigenous Mexican culture, which is apparent in her use of bright colors and dramatic symbolism. She frequently included the symbolic monkey. In Mexican mythology, monkeys are symbols of lust, yet Kahlo portrayed them as tender and protective symbols. Christian and Jewish themes are often depicted in her work. <wk>

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Influential woman Pt 12: Ruth Bader Ginsburg ?? an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice to be confirmed to the court, and one of four female justices to be confirmed. As a judge, Ruth Ginsburg favors caution, moderation and restraint. She is considered part of the Supreme Court's moderate-liberal bloc presenting a strong voice in favor of gender equality, the rights of workers and the separation of church and state. . <sourced from Wikipedia and biography.com> . #instababy #cameramama #momphotographer #lilladylibertyj #babiesofinsta #ig_kids #babieswithstyle #babycostume #babylove #babyphotography #babyphotoshoot #ohheymama #ruthbader #rbg #rbg4life #justiceofsupremecourt #influentialwomen #strongwomen #ellenratemybaby #notoriousrbg #notoriousrbg? #futureisfemale #idissent #rolemodel #libertyjaine#ruthbabyginsburg#braveryhalloween#iamarebelgirl

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?Happy birthday to Alicia Keys? Influential Woman Pt 72: Alicia Keys: an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records, and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001. Keys became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one. Keys has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including 15 competitive Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards, and an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and National Music Publishers Association. She has sold over 65 million records worldwide. Considered a musical icon, Keys was named by Billboard the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed number 10 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. VH1 also included her on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and 100 Greatest Women in Music lists, while Time have named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005 and 2017. Keys is also acclaimed for her humanitarian work, philanthropy and activism. She is the co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization that provides medicine, orphan care, and social support to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa and India. Keys protested during the Women's March on Washington. She was one of the key speakers, and she said that "we want the best for all Americans. No hate, no bigotry, no Muslim registry. We value education, health care, equality." She added that she cares about women's equal pay, war, women's rights, and environmental protection. Keys is listed on the Recording Industry Association of America's best-selling artists in the United States, selling over 17.8 million albums and 21.9 million digital songs. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Billboard ranked Keys as the fifth-most successful artist of the 2000s decade,top R&B artist of the 2000s decade, and placed her at number 10 in their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years.<Wikipedia>.

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Of the living women Jenelle has dressed and photographed Liberty as, a number have expressed how moved and humbled they are by such a creatively precious honor. Among them, tennis legend and champion of equality, Billie Jean King, who now follows Liberty’s Instagram, and has commented, “Love this”, and… “You’re going to accomplish great things in life, Liberty, with such a strong and creative mama beside you.”

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Influential woman Pt 13: ? Billie Jean King ? an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women's doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships She became the top-ranked women's tennis player by 1967. In 1973, she formed the Women's Tennis Association and famously defeated Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes." The first prominent female athlete to admit her homosexuality, King continued her work as an influential social activist after retiring from tennis. Regarded by many in the sport as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, King was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. The Fed Cup Award of Excellence was bestowed on King in 2010. . <sourced from Wikipedia and biography.com> . #libertyjaine #billiejeanking #billiejeankingtenniscenter #womentennis #womeninsports #femaleisthefuture #thefutureisfemale #feminism #feminist #feminismisforeverybody #tinyfeminist #littlefeminist #feministbaby #womenempowerment #womenempoweringwomen #influentialwomen #bobbyriggs #womenofhistory #empoweringwomen #iconicwomen #womenunited #girlsunited #inspiringwomen #womenandgirls #inspireher #battleofthesexes #adidas #adidastennis #wilsontennis #babyadidas

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Olympic Champion and ‘GOAT’ (greatest of all time) Gymnast, Simone Biles, shared Liberty’s photo in her Instagram stories with the headline… “This is adorable. My heart.”

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Just freaking out a little bit over here!!! Simone Biles reposted Liberty’s photo representing Simone onto her insta stories yesterday!! And she LOVED it! ????????. . #libertyjaine #thefutureisfemale #femaleisthefuture #amightygirl #mightygirl #girlscandoanything #girlssupportgirls #girlempowerment #babycosplay #cosplay #stronglikeagirl #girlpower #tinyfeminist #babycostumes #babycostume #feminismisforeverybody #feministbabies #raisingafeminist #girlsruntheworld #smallbutfierce #stronggirls #womenempowerment #womenempoweringwomen #influentialwomen #inspiringwomen #simonebiles #gymnastics #worldtitle #usaolympics #teamusa

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National Soccer Hall of Famer, Olympian, activist and author Abby Wambach posted to her Instagram, “Also, I just saw this!!! Omg! Can you even handle?”

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Also, I just saw this!!! Omg! Can you even handle? @photographyofliberty you’re cool:)

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While we love all the women she’s represented, we’re partial to Liberty as Brenda Berkman, the pioneering firefighter, retired FDNY Captain, White House Fellow, and artist, whose extraordinary story we had the privilege to tell in 2011. In fact, the video profile we did on Brenda – her WYSKumentary – officially launched our site.

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Influential Women Pt 113: ?Brenda Berkman: a pioneering female firefighter. She filed the lawsuit that resulted in the first women being hired by the New York City Fire Department in 1982. In 1977 the FDNY used a physical test that all the women applying to be firefighters failed, including Berkman; she sued on the grounds of gender discrimination and won, and a new test was created in which standards were changed so the test was job-related. Berkman and 40 other women passed the new job-related test. Berkman worked as a member of the FDNY for 25 years and retired in September 2006 with the rank of captain (only the third woman to achieve that rank). Throughout her career and after retirement, she has been active in firefighter recruitment and in pre-training programs. Berkman is a founding member and former president of the United Women Firefighters (1982–1986) and served as a trustee of the Women in Fire Service (1983-1992). She taught at the FDNY fire academy and the United States National Fire Academy. Her many awards and honors include the Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization for Women (1984), a Revson Fellowship on the Future of the City of New York, from Columbia University (1987-1988); the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Olaf College; and the Women of Courage Award from the National Organization for Women (2002). For her support of labor history and labor archives, she was honored by the New York Labor History Association in 2005 <womensmediacenter/talkinghistory>. . #libertyjaine #brendaberkman #womenfirefighters #firefighter #firefighters #womensrights #feminism #nycfirefighter #nyc #femalefirefighter #fdny #womenwhomakeny #unitedwomenfirefighters #shero #breakingbarriers #thefutureisfemale #influentialwomen #nyfd #fire #whoruntheworld #womenempowerment #babycosplay #cosplay #babycostume #babycostumes

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Lead photo: Liberty as Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old, Swedish climate and environmental activist; credit to Jenelle Wexler and published here with her express permission.

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