Milwaukee girls' 'Hidden Figures' photo recreation captures the attention of cast

Black History Month inspired project
Posted at 8:54 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 23:28:10-05

MILWAUKEE -- What began as a Black History Month project at Milwaukee College Prep has turned into a viral photo shared by the cast of the Oscar-nominated film "Hidden Figures."

Three girls who saw the film and loved it decided to recreate the movie's poster, posing as the three main stars: Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer.

Photographer Amanda Evans tells TODAY'S TMJ4 that the teacher in charge, Terrance Sims, had a goal "to create a series of posters that positively affirm the excellence of his students in addition to the other students in the school, and shine light on the beauty of African American culture in preparation for Black History Month."

After the girls' mothers helped find outfits, Evans shot the photo last Thursday and edited it to add the original Hidden Figures poster. 

Since being posted to social media Friday, the photo has been shared by each of the historical drama's stars. Taraji P. Henson shared the photo on Instagram, adding "I do what I do #SoTheBabiesCanDream."

Evans says she's excited the project is getting so much publicity.

"The photos have created an enormous amount of attention to the project and Black History Month overall," she said. "It is great because it is such an empowering image and people are excited to see what else the kids at the school come up with."

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