"In a world full of princesses, dare to be a hot dog."
My daughter was a little over 2 when she begged me to let her dress up as Shrek for Halloween, about 15 minutes before I was having a house full of friends over for a pumpkin-decorating party.
In a panic, I ripped the ears and vest off of one of her Shrek dolls, threw them on over her old Lili Gaufrette mock turtle and a pair of brown tights, then topped it off with a tiny pair of Uggs.
All the other girls came dressed as Disney princesses. My kid was an ogre. But as she likes to tell me now, "What do you want from me, Mom? I'm 'outside the box!'"
Pretty proud parenting moment for me. And one of those stories I tell over and over again. Which, I bet, is exactly what Brandon Turner will do one day too, since his 5-year-old daughter Ainsley is now going viral for showing up to princess week at her dance school dressed up as a hot dog!
"She loves princesses, but she wanted to be original and wear a hot dog costume instead," her teacher Sarah Nativi explained to BuzzFeed. "She wore a princess costume underneath it and said she was a princess on the inside!"
Nativi took a pic of the little bespeckled frankfurter in class surrounded by tiaras and tulle and posted it to Twitter, where she quickly became a symbol for all that is right in the world.
What a great message for young girls! And Ainsley seems to totally be digging the spotlight. In fact, she even broke out the get-up for a second appearance at the dance school's spring recital in order to pose with fans, who then later enthusiastically shared the shots on social media.
"Always be yourself," wrote one.
"Be the #hotdogprincess you hope to see in the world," added another.
And then there was our favorite: "In a world full of princesses, dare to be a hot dog."