We can all agree that all children are beautiful, right? Not just in the physical sense, but the whole package. Children are joyful and fearless, inquisitive and bright. They have a light about them, and there's nothing more beautiful than watching a child learn and grow and laugh. Certainly, that's a universal truth. But some people are saying that one little girl could quite possibly be the most beautiful little girl in the whole world, from a physical beauty standpoint. We're not sure how we feel about this, to be honest. It seems incredibly strange to focus so much on a child's appearance, when we should be teaching out children that what's outside is secondary to what's inside. But these pictures are focused solely on her beauty, and make no mention of who she is or what she dreams of becoming when she grows up.
J A R E @the_j3_sisters CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM HEAVEN. I’m pretty excited and elated about my new style of child portraiture . Before I thought of Photographing the @the_j3_sisters , I have had frivolous ideas of how I can make artsy portraits of kids And do away from the norm . The opportunity came and I had to take a bold step to express my ideas of how I want to take portraits of kids. I want to portray the interception between her childhood and adulthood so both stay timeless ! We continue to the next post TEAM Make up by Dammy of @iposhlooks Creative style direction @mofebamuyiwa Hair by @totalshopwigs Hair styled by @hairkarved Styled by @styledbyseun Assisted by @adebimpe_aj @ernest_chuxx @official_bigjosh #bmbstudio #bmbphotography #mofebamuyiwa #kids #kidsphotography #artsy #love #light #childphotographer #familyphotography
Her name is Jare Ijalana, and she's just 5 years old. Jare and her family live in Nigeria, where she was photographed by Mofe Bamuyiwa. Bamuyiwa says she wanted to try her hand at a different kind of child portraiture, opting for a natural, relaxed pose that strikes a balance between childhood and adulthood. Again though, she's a 5-year-old girl! It would have been nice to see her posed like a child, laughing or playing. That certainly seems to be the more natural state for a kid her age.
Jare isn't a professional model, and according to Bamuyiwa, she's not the only beauty in her family. She has two sisters, and the photographer shared a portrait of 7-year-old Jomi as well.
BEAUTIFUL ART WORK OF J O M I of the @the_j3_sisters The elder sister of J A R E When I was a child I always wanted to wear my Mum’s shoes , cloths and do all she did as a woman . I wasn’t afraid of being that woman , though I wasn’t aware , nothing scared me of the cost it would take to be a woman . “I WAS FEARLESS AS A CHILD “ I’m sure every girl has gone through this stage and can totally relate . Meeting Jomi of the @the_j3_sisters Was more inspiring . Asides that she is bright and beautiful , she is very coordinated and every pose directed , she did better than I told her to do . She definitely has buttressed and given me more proof that every little girl dreams of being a woman . I guess was looking for a platform to showcase her inner woman !!! Photography is my little way of expressing my thoughts than in words and so I am not the best curator of my work . Be inspired #bmbstudio #artsy #artwork #photography #kidsphotography #childphotographer #love #girl #mofebamuyiwa
The photographer mentions her ability to take direction well, and says that Jomi has proven that every little girl dreams of being a woman. But some little girls dream of being ... more? Again, the hyper-focus on the physical beauty of these very young children (remember, they're only 5 and 7!) seems very off-putting.
At a time when we're encouraging our young girls to think outside of the boxes they may be forced into based on their gender, this seems to really miss the mark. There's no denying that these young girls are beautiful. But we'd be willing to bet they are so much more than that, too.