What do Meryl Streep, Betty White, Adele and Ellen DeGeneres all have in common? Yes, they’re all highly visible and instantaneously recognizable celebrities. And yes, they’re all women. But they also serve as role models for Scout, a 3-year-old who plans to be just as strong as them when she grows up.
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Scout’s “Nonnie,”Diane Willoughby, was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring and underwent six rounds of aggressive chemotherapy as well as a double mastectomy.
Scout’s mother, Ashley Larson, was looking for a project to keep the family occupied during this difficult period and seized on the idea of creating a picture book keepsake for both her mother and daughter.
The result of that year-long project is an adorable series of photographs showing Scout side by side with “amazing and strong women,”including some of Willoughby’s favorites such as Ellen…
best-selling artist and powerhouse vocalist Adele,
the most Oscar-nominated actor ever, Meryl Streep,
Betty White (who has the longest television career of any actress),
writer, actor, mental health advocate, and Princess, Carrie Fisher,
and even fictional characters like Disney’s newest princess, Moana.
“But Mom is the ultimate role model,”said Larson, whose loss of several other family members to breast cancer made her mother’s ordeal all the more frightening.
Though Scout initially was scared when her Nonnie lost her hair during chemotherapy treatment, the photo shoots reminded her “how strong women are and that (Nonnie) will be okay.â€
This project has probably taught me just as much or more than it taught my daughter. I truly want Scout to be able to look back at this and know that women are just as strong as any man.
And to be quite honest, my fingers are crossed that by the time she’s old enough to understand the strength she’s portraying- women won’t be seen as delicate and dainty anymore, anyway.
And I hope that when Scout looks back on this, she is proud of who she is and who she will become.
Although Scout has emulated so many amazing people, I fiercely encourage her to become exactly the person she wants to be. No matter what, I think she’s amazing.
Oh and Nonnie? She is cancer free! So of course.. she had to get in on the photos, too! She is such an inspiration and we are so lucky to have her in our lives! You’re our hero!
The entire photo series can be viewed at Larson’s Instagram account. We’re so happy to learn Nonnie beat the cancer, and we can’t get enough of Scout’s photos!
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