Dozens of photographers came together in an act of amazing solidarity to help a third-grader spread her Black girl magic after her school recently chastised her for how she wears red extensions in her braids.
Last month, a Michigan family was furious after 8-year-old Marian Scott was denied a chance to take school pictures at Paragon Charter Academy because of red streaks of color in her hair.
Taking school pictures is an annual ritual and even though parents have to pay for them, Doug Scott said his daughter, Marian was denied that opportunity just because of her choice in har color.
Well, that didn’t sit well with a few photogs who traveled to the school to give Marian her very own photo session, flossing whatever colored-hair, in whatever style, she wanted to wear, WILX-TV reported.
And before you ask, yes, Marian chose to wear her red buns and looked cute as a button.
“It was fun. You got to pose and got to be yourself,” the third-grader told the outlet.
“Confidence is a process, especially when you are rebuilding someone’s confidence, especially a child because they are so fragile,” said Chicago photographer Jermaine Horton, who drove for hours just to take Marian’s amazing school photo.
“I’m so blessed to have been apart of this to give her an amazing day that showed her that she truly is beautiful and her hair color was the BOMB! Of course, we kept it for the shoot!” said Horton on his Facebook page.
Her clothes were also donated by Joy Entertainment & Event Management and Mieka Joi, CEO of Rich Girl Candy.
Marian’s parents have since pulled her from the school. At the time of the incident, Paragon Charter Academy’s principal Ben Kriesch said that Marian’s hair color was a violation of the school’s dress code policy. Marian’s dad, however, said the school never informed him they were making the executive decision to disallow her the opportunity to take pictures, WILX reports.
“They didn’t even call us,’” Scott said previously.
“Marian didn’t leave the house, go on the street and get this done on her own. No, she’s 8-years old. We did this ourselves in our own home and there’s no way I felt like this would [have] happen.”
The school defended the choice, citing the handbook, which states that “a student’s hair color must be in natural tones.”
“If they would have reached out to us and say come get her… she’s got a hair issue, we need you to change it, that’s not allowed – I would have been fine with why this happened,” Scott said.
“They let her stay in school… so if she’s not a disruption to the class, then why is she a disruption to the picture?”
Now, Marian has some cover-girl pictures all of her own allowing her to truly feel good from the inside out while also just being herself.