Growing up, I looked up to so many people. Just like any other kid, I was impressed with the
smallest act of heroism. Even if it was moving a turtle across the road so it wouldn’t get hurt, it
made me think about how happy and safe that turtle was. Super heroes were inspirational to
young boys and for girls it was princesses and fairies. What made it all better was seeing a
character with the same hair, skin, and attitude as you. A child’s first inspiration is a better
representation of themselves.
The most common characters that spike interest in the average child would be Avengers,
Barbie, and Disney Princesses. The majority of these are not favorable to Black American
children. It was only then when Princess Tiana of New Orléans brought diversity to the realm of
Disney Princesses. Going to the Disney Parks never seemed so magical for a little black girl
searching for a princess role model.
Movies such as The Wiz, Annie (2014), and Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
inspired not only children but the Black American race. The remade versions of a classic
story using POC, many people would say it was better than the original version.
Cinderella wasn’t popular to black girls until Brandy came on-screen. Even Annie, played
by Quvenzhané Wallis, impacted girls as she cartwheels and danced with her natural
hair proudly displayed.
If you ever want to impress a child, take them to see a movie with characters that
resembles them. Buy them dolls with their skin tone, hair, and eye color because
America is so used to the blonde Barbie’s that discourage every colored child. In this
generation and time, children and teens are pressured by society’s image of beauty. It
seems as if the longer the hair, the better it is or the lighter the skin the prettier you are.
For someone to look at a picture and find all the qualities and features of themselves in a
model, it gives them hope. It gives them Inspiration.
Written by: Sunday Owens , Staff Writer, #mygirlsquad