A five-year-old girl found fame when her photos in a hotdog costume went viral on social media.
What makes Ainsley Turner’s hotdog costume extra ordinary? Actually, none but the message that goes with it has a huge impact.
Turner chose to be herself and dressed up in a hotdog costumes while her classmates wore princess dresses for Princess Day at their school recently. The young girl showed bravery when she showed up at North Carolina’s Holly Springs School of Dance’s “Princess Day” in a hotdog costume, People magazine wrote.
Watch video of Ainsley – the girl in hotdog costume – here
Ainsley’s popularity rose further when hashtag #HotDogPrincess trended on Twitter and photos of her new fashion statement spread over the internet.
Ainsley’s teacher Sarah Nativi told Buzzfeed: “She loves princesses, but she wanted to be original and wear a hot dog costume instead. She wore a princess costume underneath it and said she was a princess on the inside!”
Another teacher at Holly Springs, Grayson Lamontagne, told Buzzfeed, “I wanted to share the pictures first of all because it was so innocent and cute, and also because I was so impressed with how confident a little girl could be with herself to just wear whatever she liked the best. Her parents and I agree that it’s a great message for young girls and they are, as I can imagine, very proud of Ainsley.”
School’s director Marilyn Chappell told Huffington Post that Aisnley’s choice of costume reminds everyone to really embrace who they are.
“We all needed a leader to say, ‘Hey, be yourself.’ How cool is it that a little girl in a hot dog costume is sending out that message?” Chappell said.
Ainsley’s parents are the proudest of her. Ainsley’s dad, Brandon Turner, took to Twitter to share his surprise in his daughter’s fame. “No parent is ready to learn that their daughter is trending….#hotdogprincess. Best part is it was all her idea! She just loves hot dogs!” he added.