A third-grader, Marian Scott, got her grief turned to glory after landing a glam photoshoot following the humiliating experience of being exempted from her school’s picture day.
Marian Scott, an eight-year-old student at the Paragon Charter Academy, Michigan missed out on picture day on account of her red hair extensions, which reportedly was against the school rules.
However, the devastating experience took a new turn when a Chicago-based photographer followed up her story, offering her compensation for the confidence-depriving encounter.
MARIAN’S ORDEAL ON PICTURE DAY
The third-grader went to school all excited like every other kid on picture day, boldly rocking her red hair extensions, feeling beautiful, and set for the picture session.
But her joy was short-lived as the school denied her the opportunity of starring with her fellow students, citing her hair color as a violation of the school’s policy. In reaction to Marian’s ordeal, her dad expressed his disdain, saying:
“This is uncalled for. They didn’t even call us. Marian didn’t leave the house, go down the street and go get this done on her own. We did this ourselves, in our home, and there’s just no way I felt this would happen.”
A SILVER LINNING
Despite having a part of the school handbook addressing the acceptable hair color, the devastated father noted that the school could have handled it better without crushing his daughter’s self-esteem.
The girl’s story attracted several sympathizers, including a Chicago Photographer, Jermaine Horton, who gifted her a glamorous photo session to rebuild her self-confidence. Via Facebook, Jermaine described his encounter with Marian explaining:
“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.”
The photographer went on to share the affair with a Wilx News correspondent, who covered the story until it went viral, along with the famed photoshoot.
The eight-year-old admittedly had the time of her life during the photo session staged in Michigan by the professional photographer.
She struck several expressive poses in a beautiful rainbow gown, and red tracksuit, boldly flashing her red hair, to the delight of her sponsor.
“I’m so blessed to have been part of this to give her an amazing day that showed her that she truly is beautiful, and her hair color was the bomb,” the Chicago resident added.
Also extending an arm of support was the CEO of Rich Girl Candy, Meika Joi, and Pamela Blackman, CEO of Joy Management, who donated Marian’s amazing photoshoot outfits from the fashion brands’ collection.
THE LONG WALK TO GLORY
The Michigan eight-grader first hit the news in October following the big reveal by Nicole Joy of WILX News. The News outlet contacted the school for comment shortly after, and it was asserted that a recorded message about the expected dress code was sent to parents before picture day.
According to the school, emphasis was laid on maintaining natural and conservative hair colors, but the girl’s father denied receiving any such message.
The eight-year-old’s parents withdrew her from the Paragon Charter Academy after the incident as the school authorities refused to admit their fault or offer an apology.
The little red-haired has since been enrolled in a public school where she can express her fashion taste without restrictions, taking with her a priceless lesson on confidence and kindness, thanks to Horton.