Modern Moms And Fights Against Outdated Stereotypes

Modern Moms And Fights Against Outdated Stereotypes

Celia Sanchez snaps photos of moms that don’t fit the ‘typical mom’ mold and it’s beautiful
When Celia Sanchez became a mom 11 years ago she got the message loud and clear: you don’t fit the mom mold. You’re different. “When I would take my children to day care, I felt kind of … like I didn’t look like the other moms,” Sanchez told Upworthy. “They were much older than me. I just felt kind of separated from them. I would get a lot of ‘Oh you’re so young to be a mom,’ ‘You don’t really look like a mom,’ and I always thought that was a silly thing to say: ‘Oh you don’t look like a mom.’”

Sanchez was 23 years old at the time of these uncomfortable encounters with other parents. Now, years later, after feeling the obvious wraths of judgement and reductive stereotyping she is showing the world that moms can look all types of ways. Moms can have tattoos, piercings, vibrant hair colors, and clothes that fit their personal style. Her photo series is called, “Devoted,” and it aims to challenge your first impressions of what an archetypal mom looks like.


Surely we all know that moms can have tattoos and be awesome moms, this is 2017 after all, but the reality is that tattoos are still considered taboo in many communities. Many people, including moms, are quick to make judgments about a person’s professional aptitude, their caretaking abilities, and even their character just based off of physical appearances and that’s unfortunate. We’re all just trying to be who we are and feel happy and comfortable.
“I knew mothers who didn’t look like a ‘typical mom,’ and I always wanted to photograph them and feature them and show that you don’t have to look a certain way to be a mom,” she said.


“I just wanted to show women — mothers — who weren’t … sacrificing their personal style,” Sanchez said. “Being a mom, you get lost in your children and I really love the fact that these women didn’t lose themselves. They didn’t lose their identities. They’re still themselves. They’re still great parents.”

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