Short film ‘Hair Love’ won an Oscar, proving that representation matters

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On Sunday night at the Oscars, animated short film Hair Love nabbed a coveted golden statue. The story, directed by Matthew A. Cherry, is an almost-seven-minute-long masterpiece, that revolves around a little girl and her father working together to try and style her hair.

This comes at a time when more and more women of colour are owning their crowns, and the world is starting to wake up to the beauty and versatility of kinky, coily textures. It’s about time, too! This cute flick is all about celebrating yourself and embracing who you are – a message we and young girls everywhere will probably never get tired of hearing.

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Animated short film Hair Love nabbed an Oscar this weekend, and they couldn’t have picked a more worthy winner. In her acceptance speech, producer Karen Rupert Toliver said ‘it was a labour of love, and it was because we have a firm belief that representation matters deeply, especially in cartoons’. Director Matthew then added: ‘Hair Love was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation. We wanted to normalise black hair.’

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What’s also impressive is that the director has known he was on to a good thing, because he predicted this win alllllllll the way back in 2012. Prophetic AF!

We can’t wait to see what progressive content the incredible Hair Love crew will release next. Until then, sit back, relax and hit ‘play’ to experience the most heart-warming 6:47 minutes of your life:

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