In a World of Princesses, Be a Hot Dog

June 8, 2016

May 9 was “Princess Day” at Holly Springs School of Dance in North Carolina.

That’s where five-year-old Ainsley Turner and her friends dance.

Ainsley Turner’s friends showed up to Princess Day dressed as princesses, clad in floor-length sparkly costumes and outfits worthy of Aurora, Belle, Ariel or Snow White.

As for Ainsley?

She dressed as a hot dog.

(Photo via Twitter, @sarahnicole103)

“The last few weeks of dance class, we let the girls dress up, and this week was Princess Week,” teacher Sarah Nativi told Buzzfeed. “We were expecting all of the girls to come in their princess dresses. When [Ainsley] got there, everyone was so surprised, but we loved it and thought it was great that she wanted to wear a hot dog costume. We all took pictures because we thought it was funny that she came to Princess Week as a hot dog.”

In a world where there’s a lot of pressure to conform—especially for dancers—we love that Ainsley was totally comfortable rocking what she loved best. “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,” teacher Grayson Lamontagne added. “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.”

The best part of this story? “[Ainsley] loves princesses, but she wanted to be original and wear a hot dog costume instead,” Nativi said. “She wore a princess costume underneath it and said she was a princess on the inside.”

#HotDogPrincess, we salute you and admire you. It really is what’s on the inside that matters—ketchup optional.

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