By: Krystle Crossman
Natalie McGriff, a Jacksonville, Florida resident is only 7 years old but she has already gone through the pain of not loving herself. She said that her toys don’t look like her and she doesn’t see characters on television that are like her. She didn’t like her dark skin and really didn’t like her naturally beautiful curly hair. Her mother, Angie Nixon, tried to get her to understand that she was beautiful. She started a Facebook page called “Natalie You Are Beautiful”. It was a public page where strangers from all over could post positive messages for the little girl who called herself ugly.
Nixon said that while her daughter loved reading the messages that were left for her on the page it still didn’t convince her that her skin and hair were beautiful. Her mother took charge and came up with a creative solution to the problem. She wrote a comic book with Natalie. The comic book was about “Moxie Girl” who had powerful afro-buns on her head. These buns were used to help fight off the bad guys. The story was about Moxie Girl and how she put a stop to bad guys that were destroying books in a library. Natalie was immediately excited about the thought of making up their own comic book and jumped right in to help with storylines.
When the comic was finished Nixon decided to enter it in a local contest they were having. It was a contest where people would walk around and look at the books that were on display and choose which one would win prize money that was put together by crowdfunding. It was apparent that Natalie wasn’t the only one who loved the comic as Nixon took home $16,400 that day. That money was used to print the comic book into a larger print so that people could buy it. The book will be released in June. Nixon is so pleased that the comic book seems to have helped Natalie realize that the parts that she didn’t like about herself are some of her best features and that she should be proud of who she is and what she looks like. Nixon stated that she has always tried to be a role model for her daughter by exhibiting self-respect because she doesn’t believe in telling her daughter to do something that she herself won’t do.