When one 5-year-old girl was given the choice to dress up during princess week at her dance class in Holly Springs School of Dance in North Carolina, she chose to dress as a human-sized hot dog instead–which is absolutely awesome. What a way to ditch the norms, right?
Photos of her hanging out in her hot dog outfit among a room full of traditional Disney princesses went viral after her dance teacher, Sarah Nativi, shared them on Twitter, which was later reshared by her dad confirming that it was actually her idea. Naturally, the picture went viral–and was even shared by YouTube star Tyler Oakley. The hashtag, #HotDogPrincess, was trending as well.
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Nativi ended up telling BuzzFeed why the costume touched her so much that she ended up sharing it on Twitter:
“Well, the last few weeks of dance class we let the girls dress up and this week was Princess Week, so 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…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!”
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,” she said. “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.”
It’s hard not to love everything about this. We need more hot dog princesses–and maybe, some pastrami on rye princesses too (though that costume may not be as easy to assemble).