Mom Helps Daughter To Embrace Natural Beauty Through Comic Book
Angie Nixon was concerned when her 7-year-old daughter, Natalie McGriff, was struggling to accept her natural hair and brown skin. Natalie didn't think she was as beautiful as the girls on TV, or see herself represented among the toys she owned, so when she started describing herself as "ugly", Nixon knew she had to help.
Nixon started by using Facebook to help Natalie gain more confidence.
“I started a Facebook group called ‘Natalie You Are Beautiful’ where strangers and friends could post positive affirmations for her,” Nixon said. “She enjoyed reading them but it still wasn't helping her.”
Nixon went another step further and created a comic book. The comics would portray Natalie as a superhero with crime-fighting afro puffs. Since Natalie had trouble accepting her curly hair, Nixon decided to make her afro full of special power to help fight crime. Once Natalie heard about Moxie Girl, she immediately started coming up with story ideas for the superhero.
“I was hoping to improve and raise the self-esteem of my daughter. I also wanted to instill in her a love for reading,” Nixon said. “I wanted her to realize how powerful she is and that she shouldn't have to change for anything.”
After "The Adventures of Moxie Girl" comic was finished, it was submitted to a crowdfunding festival in Jacksonville, Florida where voters championed the idea. Nixon received $16,400 to put toward a larger print run for the comic which will come out in June.