“My wife and I really wanted to make sure that our daughter felt fearless. We made a special effort to find women who had broken down barriers, who had been a ‘first’ something. We are hoping that she will be able to benefit from being associated with some of these powerful women. As a photographer, I know how important images are. The portrayal of black women is not always positive, so I wanted to do something to combat that.” —Marc Bushelle
The women 5-year-old Lily portrayed: aviator Bessie Coleman, Admiral Michelle Howard (the Navy’s first female four-star admiral), entertainer Josephine Baker, novelist Toni Morrison, fashion + music icon Grace Jones, astronaut Mae Jemison.