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Posted: March 14, 2017

Girl Scouts pays tribute to iconic women in history with photo shoot

Hillary Clinton is among the female leaders tributed in a photo series from New York-area Girl Scouts in celebration of Women's History Month. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton is among the female leaders tributed in a photo series from New York-area Girl Scouts in celebration of Women's History Month. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

By Kelcie Willis

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK —

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is celebrating Women's History Month with a special series of photographs.

ABC News reported that New York-area Girl Scouts were chosen from over 300 applicants to dress as female leaders such as Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball, Vera Wang and Condoleezza Rice.

Tricia Messeroux, Toddlewood.com creator and photographer was behind the shoot. Her website of photos turns kids into celebrities as seen on movie posters and red carpets of the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes.

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"I want to make sure our girls know that no matter what, you can still do whatever you want to do and don’t let anyone stop you," Messeroux told ABC News. "That despite what happens in the world, stay focused, be determined, do what you want to do in your life for the better and you will be successful."

Female leaders represented include former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, actress Whoopi Goldberg; NASA mathematicians Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson; entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker; astronaut Mae Jemison; singer Celia Cruz and Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.

“The biggest thing in choosing these women is that we tried to be diverse as possible in industry and in race and culture,” Messeroux said. “We wanted to most definitely, especially with a project like this, make sure that all girls are represented."

The photos have been posted on Toddlewood's and the Girl Scouts' Instagram pages.

"Our biggest hope is that these girls, and in fact, every girl, can look in the mirror and clearly see her own potential -- that she, too, can break barriers and change the world," Andrea Bastiani Archibald, chief girl & parent expert at Girl Scouts, told BuzzFeed.

"It wasn’t just a dress-up day: Each of them learned the stories behind these iconic women, and honored their achievements," Bastiani Archibald told The Huffington Post of the shoot. "They truly became that woman for a while. They walked out of that shoot a little more inspired, confident and assured of their own strength."

See some photos frrom the special shoot below.


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