Tricia Messeroux, a photographer based in Long Island, N.Y., is making a splash with her photo project, "Toddlewood," wherein she casts kids ages 3 through 6 to recreate classic Hollywood moments, a la DeGeneres' marriage to longtime life-partner De Rossi. Other memorable scenes: mini-Tom Cruise jumping on Mini-Oprah's couch; mini-Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's; mini-Madonna from the "Like A Virgin" album, and mini-Barack Obama from the presidential Inauguration.
"I make sure that every one of the images I shoot are always rated G -- I never go risque," Messeroux told the Daily Mail. "I never put kids in a position I wouldn't want my daughter in. ... They're playing dress up -- they have a lot of fun."
Messeroux, who's also an advertising exec, started Toddlewood in 2008; her gallery of celebrity-channeling children has grown to 50 images (and counting). Her wee subjects are paid for their participation and -- according to the project's website -- "carefully selected, styled, dressed and positioned to re-create a highly recognized celebrity or historical event."
The tiny doppelganger photos have spawned two calendars and coffee table book, with full proceeds going to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Here's a video of the kids at a shoot for Beyonce's "Single Lades" (via HuffPost):
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