Liberty Jaine is a tiny human with big character.
“I’m Liberty Jaine. Paying tribute to women who fought for and helped protect women’s rights,” reads her Instagram bio. I’d go so far as to say that Liberty Jaine will be president someday. Or at least a congresswoman -- someone get her Leslie Knope’s phone number.
BTW, Liberty is a baby.
But Liberty has been filling some large shoes her entire life.
When she was just three months old, her mother, Jenelle Wexler, created a Frida Kahlo costume perfectly fit for her infant -- unibrow and all. Kahlo, a Mexican artist known for her no-frills self portraits whose art is still relevant and influential today, sparked a trend for Wexler. She started getting creative and designed costumes representing other women with impressive reputations for Liberty to don.
Since then, Wexler has been photographing her daughter dressed up as some of the most fascinating and significant women of history and modern America. At a time when women are just starting to use their voices properly in society, Liberty’s mom is making a statement and raising her daughter to understand the importance of females for generations to come.
And it doesn’t hurt that she’s freakin’ adorable.
Other women portrayed by Liberty include Queen Elizabeth II (“she has tried to make her reign more modern and sensitive to a changing public while maintaining traditions associated with the crown”), Marie Curie (“the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences”) and Ruth Bader Ginsberg (“the second female justice to be confirmed to the court, and one of four female justices to be confirmed”).
Some of my personal favorite costumes of Liberty’s include Audrey Hepburn, Cleopatra and Malala Yousafzai, each as prominent and formidable as the next.
“She's loving it, but she has no idea what I'm doing,” Wexler told ABC.
Wexler, a hairstylist, has her hands full with Liberty and her brother River (a 2-year-old who’s also Instagram famous just for being cute), but somehow finds time to make all of the costumes herself. She told People that Liberty stays relaxed during the photoshoots (she’s the best baby to exist, apparently) and that she’s excited to be educating a lot of people.
“It’s really awesome to know that something that’s just a hobby of mine is bringing a lot of people joy,” Wexler sad. “But I’m having a lot of other people say, ‘I’m learning. You’re teaching me something. I just learned something today,’ and that, for me, is really neat.”