Vidya helps her daughter shave her facial hair because she doesn't want her kid to be bullied, the issue that she herself faced when she was a kid.
Bullying, no matter how much it has been curbed, is still prevalent in some places, be it schools, colleges or offices. In schools, teachers and parents take the necessary steps to educate children on the meaning of bullying and why it should be stopped at all costs. They spread awareness about inclusivity and being considerate towards others. One mom on TikTok knew exactly what it was like being bullied as a child, so, she is supporting her daughter, making sure she doesn't have to go through the same ordeal. Vidya Gopalan - who goes by @queencitytrends on TikTok - helps her daughter shave her facial hair hair, something she wasn't allowed to do as a kid. Although she appreciates the thick brows her daughter has, being a Brown girl, she also understands how important it is for her daughter to feel confident in them.
In the video, while the mother-daughter duo can be seen shaving the girl's eyebrows, Vidya confesses to her daughter that she recalls being made fun of for her thick eyebrows and wishes her mother had allowed her to shave her unibrow. The overlay text reads, "Ain't no way you're going to get bullied for your beautiful thick eyebrows."
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In a second video, while shaving, the duo discusses what the daughter can do if she comes across bullies in her school. The daughter guesses she should "go away from them and say I don't want to be your friend, or I could just say it back to them." The mother reminds her daughter, quoting Michelle Obama, "When they go low, you go high." In a third video, where they can be seen embracing their hair and getting ready, Vidya reminds her daughter that it is completely normal to have hair growing on your face and one doesn't necessarily need to hide it.
The mother-daughter time shared is essential not just for educating one another but also for growth and confidence. Daughters learn from their mothers how they perceive themselves and Vidya seems to know the importance of the same. Many viewers resonated with Vidya. "I have a unibrow too. Wasn't allowed pluck it till the end of 5th grade, and I got made fun of so much," commented @_1flare0n5_. "My mom taking care of unibrow and mustache from a young age has been one of the most monumental things ever," shared @chqmpagne_mami. "My daughter too, but because she had dark hair on her arms. Kids are mean, but like you, I helped her too," added @denise0419.
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Although we have come a long way, bullying, especially based on prejudice and physical appearance, is still prevalent. Parents taking small steps to teach their children better goes a long way. One little girl responded maturely to a bully who mocked her beautiful hairstyle. Her reaction is relevant because it tackles the emotional undertone of comments made to many Black women about their haircuts throughout the years. While it's unfortunate that she had to confront unpleasant words, her response demonstrates her tremendous self-assurance.
The video begins with a three-year-old girl recounting an awful school experience. She recalls a boy telling her that he didn't like her hairstyle. Leila did not get upset and instead, decided to give it back to her bully. "Owen didn't like my hair, but I said, 'I like it!'" she said to her mother. The mother was overjoyed with her daughter's mature reaction. The girl added, "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.'"