Kids Suit Up as 'The Avengers' to Stand Up Against Bullies
In Josh Rossi's latest photo shoot, young victims of bullying were encouraged to take on the powers of the superheroes.
These kids may feel the torment of bullies by day, but by night, their superhero alter egos can take over, thanks to a professional photographer and some Photoshop magic.
Sixteen kids, ranging from elementary school students to teens, were transformed into their favorite superheroes from The Avengers as a message by photographer Josh Rossi to unite and stand up against bullying.
“The photo shoot platform is great for the kids because it empowers them,” Rossi told InsideEdition.com. “They can become someone else for a day. There’s something about these photo shoots that transform the kid’s perception of themselves.”
Rossi explained he tried to match each kid’s personality to a superhero, and with the release of "Avengers: Infinity War" later this month, he had many to choose from.
For example, Vision’s body has a unique and complicated birth story of its own, which is why Rossi decided Cole Helton would be perfect for the character.
"I’m transgender and I struggle with gender and body dysphoria," Cole said. "I don’t want to be made fun of anymore."
Playing the role of Gamora, a character who is the last of her species and has super healing powers, was Sydney Gerardis.
Sydney, who battles severe anxiety and depression, said she contemplated suicide as a result of how she's treated at school.
"My depression got so bad I stopped going to school," she said. "Bullying is just a horrible thing."
Just like Doctor Strange, Jackson Sommers has trouble controlling his body.
Jackson is missing 35 percent of his brain, and is bullied because it causes him to act differently than his peers.
"They bullied me because of the way I move and stuff," Jackson said. "They like were calling me names and they spit on me."
Young influencers, like Justin Bieber’s 8-year-old brother Jaxon, and 5-year-old Dorothy Gee of "The Bucket List Family" donned their own superhero costumes to support the cause.
Rossi said the project took three months to put together, making it his largest photo shoot to date.
But, he says it was all worth it.
"[Jackson] told his mom that when he put on the costume, he felt empowered and it was the best day of his life," Rossi said.
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