The Most Inspiring Photos from #DreamBigPrincess

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The #DreamBigPrincess photo campaign celebrates stories of empowered girls around the world and encourages women, girls, and supporters like you to dream big, while also donating money to Girl Up’s leadership programs.

Participating in the campaign were nineteen female photographers from fifteen different countries (including Girl Up Teen Advisor alumna Meg Schwartz!), who showcased real-world girls and women who are making a difference in their communities, and the world. Included in the series was the youngest-ever speaker at the United Nations, the founder of the first female cycling team in Afghanistan, a teenage author of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) coloring book for kids, and a soccer team full of young girls.

Seeing girls and women striving to achieve their goals, despite seemingly impossible obstacles encourages everyone to continue striving for even the biggest dreams.

This post features the top five most inspiring photos from the series. So take a break and get motivated by these amazing girl heroes!

Location: Bamiya Region, Afghanistan

Featured: Zakia

Photographer: Paula Bronstein

Zakia was one of the first girls in the Bamiyan region of Afghanistan to begin riding a bike. When she saw that other girls in her region had a hard time getting to school she was inspired to teach them as well.

Location: India

Featured: Nandini

Photographer: Ashima Narain

Nandini represents the girls in India who are defying tradition and continuing to pursue education.

Location: Kenya

Featured: Mary

Photographer: Ami Vitale

Mary works at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Africa, helping elephant orphans return to their natural habitat.

Location: Beijing

Featured: Sun

Photographer: Lulu Liao

Despite a long four-hour-commute, Sun decided to go to a private school in order to pursue her love of education. She plans to study education in college in order to help other children who don’t have the resources to receive an education.

Location: Brazil

Featured: Sol

Photographer: Luisa Dorr

Sol is an 11-year-old champion surfer who dreams of becoming the first female champion surfer in Brazil.

Though the campaign may be over we still want to see your #DreamBigPrincess photos! Tell us about a girl who inspires you through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.