A thoughtful hairdresser spoke life into her client after the little girl insisted she was ugly.
In a now-viral video, a beautiful chocolate-hued girl, reportedly named Ariyonna, made a heartbreaking statement.
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While doing her hair she had alllll the energy in the world then out of nowhere she stares at herself and gets soooo discouraged 😢 it broke my heart into pieces because she has the GREATEST energy and the most beautiful smile and heart ! She comes from a great home & loving mother . I just think when kids go to school they learn and pick up sooo much different things that they don’t know the definition but they know the feeling ! Keep her in your prayers and keep lifting up our future !!!
“I’m so ugly!” the 4-year-old said.
The woman doing her hair, known as Lil Wave Daddy on Instagram, was horrified by what she heard and started to heap praise onto Ariyonna. According to her followers, the woman’s name is Shabria.
“Don’t say that! You are so pretty,” Shabria said. “When you look at yourself you suppose to say, ‘I am so pretty’— you got the prettiest little dimples, you are so cute.”
As Shabria complimented her, Ariyonna began to cry, but the stylist kept going.
“You have this beautiful chocolate skin, like you are just such so gorgeous, you got these dimples,” she continued. “Remember what I told you? How many people got two dimples? Nobody! Let me see you smile. Let me see you smile. You got two dimples!”
Shabria has a point. Ariyonna is a cutie patootie, and she clearly invented having two perfect dimples.
“Look at those pretty white teeth!” Shabria added. “No, you not gonna cry, you are a beautiful little girl and you are pretty and you are the prettiest girl in your class!”
The kindhearted woman posted the exchange on her Instagram page with an important reminder.
“While doing her hair she had alllll the energy in the world then out of nowhere she stares at herself and gets soooo discouraged,” she captioned the post. “It broke my heart into pieces because she has the GREATEST energy and the most beautiful smile and heart! She comes from a great home & loving mother.”
Shabria guessed Ariyonna received damaging messages when she went to school.
“I just think when kids go to school they learn and pick up sooo much different things that they don’t know the definition but they know the feeling!” the caption continued. “Keep her in your prayers and keep lifting up our future!!!”
On her Twitter page, Shabria said Ariyonna is an associate’s stepdaughter. Since Ariyonna’s family has been supportive of her in the past, she wanted to return the favor. She also revealed her own nieces and nephews gave her a soft spot for children.
The video went viral, and uplifting messages poured in. People were also heartbroken after watching Ariyonna call herself ugly.
i got nieces and a nephew so when it comes to kids im always in Auntie mode 😂 y’all better ask my hood bout Auntie Sha Sha 😂😂😂💯🙏🏼— HaveAReason (@LilWaveDaddy) March 7, 2020
I really wish so many little Black girls didn’t have to grow up believing we are ugly. That video of Ariyonna has made me cry every single time I have watched because that was me. The responses have made me cry because that was so many of us.— 🍑 (@TastyHorchata) March 8, 2020
You are beautiful beyond measure Princes Ariyonna.. im sorry but truly thankful for the love and protection you got from a queen... pray that you grow up a strong queen...🙏🏽☺️😍 pic.twitter.com/RqhCdJeKg5— Ozzy (@OzzyB206) March 8, 2020
Tell Ariyonna that her Twitter Auntie says she is beautiful.... always has been beautiful, always will be beautiful!! That she is full of sweetness, love, light, and #BlackGirlMagic! And give her the biggest, tightest hug from me!!— 👸🏾Angela (@ASmith_Uncommon) March 7, 2020
Thank you @LilWaveDaddy! In one moment, you changed the perception of a little girl who can now enjoy her childhood without thoughts of being ugly. I wish all little black girls had an Auntie like you to affirm them like you did for Ariyonna #ArtworkForAriyonna https://t.co/vTgGvmeDi9— Truth Seeker (@larisamonae) March 8, 2020
The moment sparked a hashtag, #ArtworkforAriyonna, full of uplifting drawings of the preschooler.
A little illustration for the beautiful Ariyonna sending he so much love and light. I would love to send her some of my artwork celebrating #blackgirlmagic #ArtWorkForAriyonna pic.twitter.com/zXeZtVWWwJ— natty b (@banana_peppers) March 8, 2020
Ariyonna you are SO beautiful! I always wished I had dimples and used to press on my cheeks everyday to try to get them! You are such a sweetheart and will make an incredible teacher!!! (Help make some art for the beautiful Ariyonna)! @MatthewACherry #ArtworkForAriyonna https://t.co/4NrukyN034 pic.twitter.com/6RvkzQohwY— erin.mcd (@erinmcd10) March 8, 2020
Beautiful Ariyonna💖 pic.twitter.com/k2D1hbhwa3— SOFIA (@phenomenalSof) March 8, 2020
“You are beautiful. You are loved”— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) March 7, 2020
The artwork of Ariyonna, the little girl who told her hairdresser @LilWaveDaddy “I’m so ugly” in that heartbreaking IG Live video, is just perfect 💕 #ArtworkForAriyonna (via @MatthewACherry) pic.twitter.com/EYsqd8eEf2
Thankfully, Ariyonna didn’t stay sad, and Shabria taught her an affirmation. In a new video, Ariyonna told the world she is Black and beautiful.
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I gave her a quote to resite and now she won’t stop saying “I’m Black & Beautiful” 😍 Devil you won’t steal this baby joy ! Thank you to everyone who sent kind words to Ariyonna 💕 today she’s more confident and vibrant like any other day but just more of it ! God is def moving in this place ! Pray for your kids even if they’re not yours . Pray for em anyway !
“I gave her a quote to [recite] and now she won’t stop saying ‘I’m Black & Beautiful,’” Shabria said in the caption. “Devil you won’t steal this baby joy! Thank you to everyone who sent kind words to Ariyonna.”
The hairdresser said Ariyonna is “more confident and vibrant like any other day but just more of it!”
Blavity fam, make sure you’re uplifting the little brown babies in your life.