8-Year-Old With Colorful Braids Gets Pro Photoshoot After Schools Bans Her From Picture Day

Marian Scott X Jermaine Horton
Photo Credit: Jermaine Horton Photography

Third-grader Marian Scott was devastated after being banned from school pictures last month for rocking red extensions in her braided bun. The eight-year-old felt said she felt singled out and never got to take her pictures at Paragon Charter Academy.

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The Jackson, Mich.-based school said her hair violated school policy which only allows for natural hair color tones for picture day. After her story went viral, photographers from all over the country — including Jermaine Horton — offered to give Marian a proper photoshoot. 

Now, she has a new set of photos full of smiles and rocking her red-emblazon braided buns.

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Good Morning World …. Lets talk about this Photo Session and why it happened. A beautiful young soul named Marian Scott was denied her school pictures because of the Red streaks in her hair. ( Here is the original link to the story https://www.facebook.com/WILXNicoleBuchmann/posts/3014390945297769 ) 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. I recached out to @nicole_joy_3 of @wilxtv who covered the story and she got me in contact with the parents. We set a date and I drove from Chicago to @procamphoto to do our OWN photoshoot of this amazing beautiful little girl. I want to thank @pamelajoyblackman CEO of @joymanagementinc who was the angel who purchased items for this shoot from @donitavann ( Vanndalz) (The outfits were amazing)/ Special thanks to Owner and CEO @miekajoi_ of @richgirlcandy who donated her amazing pieces who truly made Marian feel so special and appreciated. Im so blessed to have been apart of this to give her an amazing day that showed her that she truly is beautiful and her hair color was the BOMB! Of course we kept it for the shoot! Follow @art_of_confidence for more stories like this as I continue on to restore more confidence in our children and youth 💪🏾 #YourFavoritePhotographer @jermainehortonportraits PS, Thank you @nicole_joy_3 for being so amazing and NOT just being a reporter but also a great humanitarian that went above and beyond! @sony @sonyalpha @stellaprolights Pro Lights CLx8 @westcottlighting Fj400 Westcott RapidBox XXL and XL #ocf #Michigan #Photography #HerShootWasBetter #BlackIsBeautiful #EmbraceYou #blackgirls #power #secure #strong #schoolphotos #photooftheday #picoftheday #SonyA9 #westcottlighting #blackgirlsrock #redhairdontcare #portraits #melaninpoppin #melanin @sonyalpha

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Jermaine drove hours to do the shoot, even getting her a new wardrobe donated by Joy Entertainment & Event Management and Mieka Joi, CEO of Rich Girl Candy. 

“Confidence is a process especially when you are rebuilding someone’s confidence, especially a child because they are so fragile, so we want to make sure that she feels not just great that day, but also going forward that it’s ongoing and she still feels that support,” said Jermaine in a recent report.

Marian is more than grateful for the boost in confidence. “It was fun, you got to pose and change clothes and got to be yourself,” she said.


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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

Stephenetta (isis) Harmon serves as digital media director for Hype Hair and founder/Black beauty directory for Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the premier directory Black-owned beauty brands.