Seven-year-old Natalie McGriff from Jacksonville, Florida, was the subject of constant teasing and bullying at her school. Kids made fun of her natural curly hair, which made the second-grader despise her appearance, especially her hair. She even began having reading troubles.
Her mom, Angie Nixon, soon realized her daughter was ashamed of her afro puffs, so she decided to tackle the situation in a uniquely inspiring way. She helped Natalie transform her insecurities into superpowers through art, by prompting Natalie to write a superhero comic book based on herself.
“I decided to help Natalie write this book because she was having self-esteem issues regarding her hair and she hated to read,” the mother said. “She now realizes how powerful and awesome her hair is and that in order for her to write a cool book, she needs to read more books and learn different words.”
Titled “The Adventures of Moxie Girl,” the comic book is about a little black girl who hates her curls. However, one day she finds a magical shampoo that gives her multicolored crime fighting afro puffs. She then uses her newfound super powers to fight for literacy and save the Jacksonville public library from evil, book-eating monsters.
Griffith designed and co-wrote the comic with the help of her mom.
Sounds adorable, right?
The mother and daughter duo even won $16,424 for the comic book’s publication at Jacksonville’s One Spark crowdfunding festival, beating out over 530 other entries.
“There were so many times that my baby came home or was watching TV and voiced her disdain about her hair and how ugly she thought it was,” Nixon wrote on her Facebook. “The fact that we wrote a book about a little black girl who uses her kinky hair to save the public libraries and people of ALL different ethnic groups embraced it... I have no words.”
The 7-year-old is now quite proud of her afro puffs, all thanks to her mother who made remarkable efforts for her daughter to love her heritage and the way she looks. The official comic book is set to be published in June.