Although I’ve stopped hearing “Let It Go” everywhere, there’s no doubt that the FROZEN craze is still going strong. Take it from photographer Betsy Gregory, the brains behind this picture of an Edmond, Oklahoma girls’ softball team.
While Gregory and some other moms waited for their daughters’ dance class to let out last fall, they joked about starting a Frozen-inspired softball team. The joke became a reality and the team—which doesn’t wear the dresses during games, but has baseball caps with fake Elsa hair—became known as the Freeze.
When it came time to take the end-of-the-year photo (Gregory’s daughter serves as the teams catcher in the center of the photo), she decided to incorporate the Elsa dresses, but to have the four- and five-year-old girls put on their toughest faces, demonstrating girl power at its finest.
“What started as something fun has turned into something more,” Gregory says. “The #likeagirl campaign is huge—teaching our little girls that being a princess and getting dirty is okay. Beauty comes from within.”
Although the team wasn’t entirely successful, coming in last in their league, they focused on fun, laughter and teamwork—and the end-of-game snacks.
“I think the message is that, in life, it is really okay to try anything. It is all about grit and determination, knowing that you can look good doing it and get a little dirty along the way,” Gregory says. “We want the girls to be proud of who they are and feel empowered to take on this crazy world we live in.”
She adds that although the girls are unaware of just how widespread the photo has become, even Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter, shared the image. What a wonderful combination of beauty, skill and girl power!