The little girl's mature response is especially significant as it addresses the emotional undertone of remarks that many black women have faced over the years regarding their different hairstyles.
Confidence is the best jewel an individual can rock, as evidenced by this girl's smile in the TikTok video posted by Leila Danai, who goes by @leiladana on TikTok. The video showcases a young girl's infectious smile, leaving a lasting impression on viewers' hearts. What makes this video truly remarkable is how this little girl courageously confronted her bullies despite her tender age. While it's disheartening that she had to face hurtful remarks, her response reflects the remarkable self-assurance instilled within her. The video has rapidly gained popularity, amassing 490k views in a short span of time. Viewers have been captivated by the girl's radiant positivity, making it a truly uplifting and inspiring experience.
The video begins with the three-year-old girl describing an unpleasant experience in school. She recounts how a boy said to her that he did not like her hairstyle. Leila did not get upset and instead decides to give it back to her bully. She recounted to her mother the response given by her, “Owen didn’t like my hair, but I said, ‘I like it!’”
The mother was elated by such a mature response from her daughter. The girl further continued the story, “He said, ‘I don’t like that hair, it’s crazy,’ and I said, ‘My mommy made it. If you don’t like it, I will keep it for myself.’”
This whole exchange has an emotional undertone because black women over the years have had to face a lot of remarks in regards to their different hair. Kat Graham, a popular American actress opened up about the damage done to her hair because of wearing a wig on her show's set, as the hairdressers did not know what to do with her hair, as per Cheat Sheet. The fact that the little girl stands up for her hair is welcome news for the mother as it implies that the girl is ready for the remarks she might get in the real world to break her confidence.
Leila's mother can be heard saying to her daughter, “I’m so proud of you!” Thereafter, she goes on to assure her daughter that others' opinions about her hair did not matter as long as she liked her hair. Leila was beaming hearing these words. The caption of the video is also adorable as the mother shares how she loves hearing about her daughter's day.
In the caption she wrote, “I am glad she didn't need anyone’s validation to feel complete, she knew she loved her hairstyle and that’s what mattered. She stood up for herself, she confidently and honestly communicated her point of view and she didn’t allow someone else to affect her self-confidence.”
The comment section was in awe of the little girl. @st.jaymes was impressed by the confidence showed by the little girl and wrote, "'If you don't like it I'll keep it for myself.' I'm gonna say that for the rest of my life." @alannahvann points out the best moment of the entire video and commented, "She said 'good thing no one asked you!!!' and I love that." @user41623717 appreciated the mother in the situation, "So proud of you momma, what great role model you must be. This makes me so happy and I hope I can find a way to teach my girls the same."