It's no secret that little girls love to play dress-up. Most of the time, their dress-up collections consist of old Halloween costumes, hand me downs from older siblings or relatives, or garage sale finds. But one Canadian mom has taken the dress-up game to a new level.
Camillia Courts, a resident of British Columbia, and her 7-year-old daughter, Layla, engage in dress-up so intense that Camillia captures their cosplay adventures on camera. An aspiring photographer, the mom goes all out with dressing up Layla in some of the most iconic Disney characters. From Ariel to Belle to Cinderella, the young dress-up darling has been photographed in her fair share of princess attire. Mom has even styled Layla to look like Rowena Ravenclaw from Harry Potter, and Violet from The Incredibles movie.
We cannot get over how fierce this look is.
And how sweet is this Alice in the forest?
But Layla doesn't play the dress-up game alone. Camillia is just as involved in her daughter's costumes (they are all made by her or a local seamstress), creating mother-daughter sets like Ursula and Ariel and Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty. With realistic makeup (she works with professional makeup artist Missy MacKintosh) and outfits, the photo-worthy dress-up days have benefitted both mom an daughter. In fact, Camillia thinks the experience has helped Layla come out of her shell.
She tells the Huffington Post, "She's a very shy child, and I see her light up when she gets into costume. She's gained a lot of confidence."
When Camillia chooses to participate in dressing up with Layla, the two work together to pick out costumes and accessories. Courts calls the experience "magical" and tells Huffington Post that photographing her daughter has been "an incredible and unique opportunity."
So what gave Camillia the idea to go this far with dress-up in the first place? It all began in 2014, when the family visited Disneyland's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Layla had chosen a dress, and Camillia wanted to post a photo of her in it while it was still in good condition. Soon, the mother-daughter duo realized how much fun it was to get into character, and eventually grew Camillia's Instagram account to more than 14,000 followers.