Remember Freddie Brooks from 'A Different World'? She's now 49 & has a look-alike daughter
Cree Summer is remembered by many for her on-screen role as the free-spirited Freddie Brooks on the ‘90s series “A Different World.” These days, Summer is still part of the entertainment industry as a voice actress, and she’s also a devoted mother of two beautiful little girls.
The American-Canadian star has made of her Instagram account a devoted space for her beautiful and irreverent little girls, Hero and Brave, whom, like their mother, already have a strong personality, a love for the camera lens and a unique fashion style.
Brave Littlewing, 7, and Hero Peregrine, 5, are both their mother’s twins. However, on a recent pic shared by Cree alongside Brave, the fierce-looking girl earned the praise of fans for looking like Cree’s exact copy.
In the pic, both Summer girls have their curly hair down, and while Cree rocked a denim jacket, sunglasses, and black pants, Brave donned a black and white striped t-shirt and jeans, looking to the side while linking arms with her mother.
“And she’ll be my little bird, and she’ll FLY - @aleladiane #bravelittlewing #godblessthefreaks #mamalife,” Cree captioned the shot.
Fans immediately flooded the comment section gushing about the mommy-daughter duo. “Aww mama’s hair twin,” wrote one fan. Another added, “I love this...she is truly your essence...” and a third one chimed in “Brave is your twin!”
INSTILLING LOVE FOR NATURAL HAIR IN THE GIRLS
While Cree and her girls often use their curly hair braided or tied in stylish space buns and ponytails, the actress has made sure to instill in Brave and Hero a love for their natural hair. This comes from her own experience as a child, growing up in a predominately white school where straight hair was the rule.
“I hated my hair,” she confessed to Curly Nikki a few years ago. “I wanted it to be straight, and I wanted it to be blond.”
“I remember one pitiful attempt to have bangs. I would use lots of hair spray and hold them down with a rag. I remember going to school and the bangs slowly rising until they looked like an awning or a visor. I was mortified! The journey went on like that for years and years.”
THE 'MOM BUN'
However, Cree’s vision changed as she grew up. “When I started making records and touring with my music, I started loving my hair. It really became an identity… something for me to hide behind when I was insecure, and to show off when I felt confident,” she said.
“But now I’m in a different stage, I’m in my 40's, I’m a mother, and it’s in a bun. I call it the Mom Bun,” she added.
Even though Cree is no longer working in front of the cameras, she continues working behind the scenes, as she has become one of the most relevant voice actresses of the industry with over a hundred animated characters under her belt.
From cartoons, Disney movies, and commercials to video games, Cree Summer keeps lending her throaty voice to entertain people of all ages. And she does it all while taking care of her girls and enjoying life with her husband, Angelo Pullen.