Photographer Transforms Bullied Kids Into Marvel Avengers In Empowering Project To Give Them A Voice
Josh Rossi, 33, of Salt Lake City, Utah, took photos of bullied children dressed up as their favourite characters which included Thor and Black Panther
The idea for the meaningful project came after Josh saw a trailer for Avengers: Infinity War
He said: 'After seeing the trailer, my wife and I were inspired to bring bullied kids together to provide a platform where their voices could be heard'
A #Photographer has turned excitement for the latest #Avengers instalment into an inspiring #PhotoSeries that transformed #BulliedChildren into real-life versions of the popular film franchise's famous #Superheroes - and it even featured #JustinBeiber's younger brother who wanted to get involved in the meaningful project.
Josh Rossi, 33, of Salt Lake City, Utah, spent three months uniting bullied children for the action-packed snaps, which show the adorable children dressed up as their favourite characters which included, #Spiderman, #BlackPanther, #IronMan and the #Hulk.
Other pictures show brave Jackson Bezzant who has been bullied for the facial deformities he was born with as #CaptainAmerica defying an evil dark force and Justin Bieber's younger brother Jaxon as #Thor.
He said: 'After recently seeing the trailer for the new Avenger's movie, my wife Roxana and I were inspired to bring bullied kids together to provide a platform where their voices could be heard.'
'In the movie, the bully of the universe, #Thanos, comes to take over the world, but the Avengers unite to destroy him.'
'Each Avenger has unique differences and strengths ranging from green and purple skin to being able to stop time. Without each superhero's strength and power, their efforts to defeat Thanos will be unsuccessful.'
He added: 'Similar to #Bullying, as we unite against it we can stop it.'
In an emotional video, the children and their parents shared their heart wrenching stories of bullying before being transformed into the fearless heroes to become '#TheAvengersOfBullying'.
'Going into this project, my wife Roxana and I didn't know the heartbreaking details of each kid's story,' Josh said.
'We didn't know that 12-year-old Jackson Sommers (Dr. Strange) had 35 per cent of his brain missing and that kids pushed him down and spit on him at school because he walked and talked differently than they did.'
'We didn't know that Sydney Gerardis (Gamora) was secretly contemplating her suicide when her close friends told her they'd throw a party if she died.
'We definitely didn't know the cruel words that were said to Grant Southam (Ironman) when he would walk past kids at school every day and they would yell, "The retard is here!" while beating their chests.'
After seeing and hearing about the kids' stories, Josh knew he had to help the children take a stand against bullying.
He said: 'We knew that if we could provide a platform where each kid could make a powerful statement against abuse, it would help unite others against it.'
'Once word spread about the project we were surprised to gain support from Jaxon Bieber. Jaxon wanted to make a stand against bullying in a powerful way so he and his dad, Jeremy, flew out to be part of the project.'
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