Girls Dress Up as 'Hidden Figures' Characters for School Project
Stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer all took to social media to praise the young women.
Hidden Figures has inspired three girls in Milwaukee to dress up as the main characters in the hit movie.
Taking part in a school project for Black History Month, Morgan Coleman, Ambrielle-Baker Rogers and Miah Bell-Olson dressed as Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three black women who played an important role in launching NASA astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Rogers’ mother, Jerrica, detailed the concept of the project to The Huffington Post.
“His (teacher Terrance Sims) goal is to create a series of posters that positively affirm the excellence of his students in addition to the other students in the school as well as shine light on the beauty of African-American culture in preparation for Black History Month,” says Rogers.
Each of the girls’ mothers helped their daughters dress up as the admirable characters, taking a picture of the final result and placing their image on the film’s poster. Rogers shared the photograph on Facebook and others took notice.
The film’s stars, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer each expressed their praise for the three girls and shared the photograph on their social media accounts. Spencer retweeted the image, while Henson and Monae shared the image on their Instagram accounts with Henson writing the caption, “OH MY GOODNESS IN HEAVEN. I do what I do #SoTheBabiesCanDream” and Monae simply writing, “Priceless.”
Rogers tells HuffPo the girls loved paying respect to the characters and were such big fans of the Oscar-nominated film that they saw it twice.
Speaking of the film’s inspiring message, Rogers adds, “It is a beautiful thing to see three talented black women lead such an inspiring true story. We do so much for our kids in the community, and it is just refreshing to have media and entertainment sources that further the development of our youth.”
Rogers says the project was not only fun to do but left her daughters feeling empowered. “The kids now have lifelong memories as well as role models to look to. It is just beautiful!”