Seven-year-old Natalie McGriff is promoting reading and natural hair in her comic book “The Adventures of Moxie Girl”. The storyline features a young black girl who hates her hair until a magical shampoo turns her tresses into crimefighting afro puffs. With her newfound powers, she uses her natural hair to fight crimes targeting the Jacksonville Public Libraries. It was created after McGriff’s own struggle with self-esteem over her natural hair and reading, so her mother Angie helped the young girl channel her negatives into positives.
“I decided to help Natalie write this book because she was having self-esteem issues regarding her hair and she hated to read,” her mother told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “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.”
Her new venture not only helps teach others that natural hair is beautiful, it also gives young black girls a role model to look up to. Natalie recently won more than $16K at a crowd-funding festival called One-Spark earlier this month. The 7-year-old’s positive storyline helped her become victorious against more than 500 competitors.