The 8-year-old Michigan girl who was barred from taking her class picture because of her red braids is finally getting her glamour shot!
Chicago-based photographer, Jermaine Horton, stepped up to give Marian Scott an affirming memory of a lifetime with this amazing photoshoot celebrating the third-grader and her unique personal style.
Just look at all this Black girl magic!
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Good Morning World …. Lets talk about this Photo Session and why it happened. A beautiful young soul named Marian Scott was denied her school pictures because of the Red streaks in her hair. ( Here is the original link to the story https://www.facebook.com/WILXNicoleBuchmann/posts/3014390945297769 ) When I heard about this story I was furious as a parent because the first thing I thought about was the impact of what this would do to such a beautiful little girl. I recached out to @nicole_joy_3 of @wilxtv who covered the story and she got me in contact with the parents. We set a date and I drove from Chicago to @procamphoto to do our OWN photoshoot of this amazing beautiful little girl. I want to thank @pamelajoyblackman CEO of @joymanagementinc who was the angel who purchased items for this shoot from @donitavann ( Vanndalz) (The outfits were amazing)/ Special thanks to Owner and CEO @miekajoi_ of @richgirlcandy who donated her amazing pieces who truly made Marian feel so special and appreciated. Im 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! Follow @art_of_confidence for more stories like this as I continue on to restore more confidence in our children and youth 💪🏾 #YourFavoritePhotographer @jermainehortonportraits PS, Thank you @nicole_joy_3 for being so amazing and NOT just being a reporter but also a great humanitarian that went above and beyond! @sony @sonyalpha @stellaprolights Pro Lights CLx8 @westcottlighting Fj400 Westcott RapidBox XXL and XL #ocf #Michigan #Photography #HerShootWasBetter #BlackIsBeautiful #EmbraceYou #blackgirls #power #secure #strong #schoolphotos #photooftheday #picoftheday #SonyA9 #westcottlighting #blackgirlsrock #redhairdontcare #portraits #melaninpoppin #melanin @sonyalpha
As we previously reported, Scott’s parents were irate when they learned that their daughter was denied her annual picture because according to officials from Paragon Charter Academy in Jackson, MI, Scott’s red extensions went against the school’s policy of wearing only “natural hair tones.”
Back in October, holding back tears Scott’s father, Doug Scott, told WILX News how devastated they were to see their child hurting and called out this way.
“It’s upsetting. All of this is uncalled for, they didn’t even call us.”
“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 happen.”
After reading the news, Horton knew he had to help this family.
“You could just tell it was like a sigh of relief afterward. It just feels good to be a part of it.”
But most importantly, he wanted to make sure that Marian rocked her red hair this time around and with pride.
“Keep that red hair, I want that red hair,” Horton recalls telling the family. “I want her to be herself. and I’m glad that she was able to be that.”
Her mother, LaToya Scott, added that Marian” wanted to make a statement, so “We came up with red hair, don’t care.”
Yahoo News reported at first, the 8-year-old was initially shy at the beginning of the photoshoot, but soon opened up as she became more comfortable. That and parents claim she has a “whole different outlook” on life thanks to this touching act of kindness.
“Just being able to get into the camera’s eye and have that experience, it gave her a whole different outlook on what her possibilities are for life. And that’s amazing,” Doug shared.
“We’re very glad that we got to go through this experience. Even though the negative things that were said, there’s so much positive that’s come out of this that the negativities been overshadowed.”
While this is such an amazing ending to this story, it’s still infuriating that Marian had to go through this in the first place. Even worse? Right now, in 48 states it is legal to discriminate against natural hairstyles at school and in the workplace. While New York and California have both passed The Crown Act, it’s not a federal law across the board, but it can be if we speak out.
Right now, you can sign The CROWN Act petition urging the legislature to vote on it.
Remember: Our hair shouldn’t be looked at a distraction, it has nothing to do with learning and punishing Black girls for how they choose to wear their hair has to stop.