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4-Year-Old Who Called Herself ‘Ugly’ Receives Outpouring of Love From Professional Black Girls, Matthew Cherry, Michelle Obama and More

4-Year-Old Who Called Herself ‘Ugly’ Receives Outpouring of Love From Professional Black Girls, Matthew Cherry, Michelle Obama and More

Someone is definitely cutting onions!

An emotional video of a 4-year-old girl named Ariyonna being affirmed and encouraged by her hair stylist after calling herself ugly has gone viral. Now, an entire community has come forward to echo the encouragement. 

The video was first posted by Atlanta-based stylist Shabria who goes by “Lil Wave Daddy” on social media. While the stylist was broadcasting live on Instagram, Ariyonna caught a glimpse of herself in the feed and said, “I’m so ugly.” Shabria instantly shut it down, telling Ariyonna how beautiful she was as the little girl sobbed in her arms. Shabria posted the video, letting her followers know that, “we must UPLIFT our queens.” The video was both heartbreaking and heartwarming and a reminder of the dangers of what our babies are internalizing everyday. 

Going viral in a matter of hours, one of the first communities to respond was Professional Black Girl, a digital platform created by Dr. Yaba Blay, dedicated to celebrating the beauty and culture of Black women and girls. Followers donated money and gifts to be sent in a care package to Ariyonna to remind her of her magic and her community.


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This is just one part of the care package I’ve been organizing for our baby girl, Ariyonna! LOTS of gifts and LOTS of donations! 🤗 Soooo many folks responded to my call and emailed me (as requested), but I’m also assuming that many folks got the info from someone else and sent their gift/donation without communicating with me directly because I have a number of items and quite a few dollars from folks to whom I can't even say 'Thank You.' 😐 IF YOU SENT A GIFT OR A DONATION but did not receive an email confirmation from me, please email me at so that I can list your name among Ariyonna’s virtual Aunties & Uncles. I am no longer accepting physical contributions but happy to accept donations through Friday! Email me at for my CashApp/Venmo/PayPal/Zelle ID. 🚫NO DMS🚫 #WeAllWeGot #CarePackageForAriyonna #ArtworkForAriyonna #ProfessionalBlackGirl cc @matthewacherry

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Matthew Cherry, Oscar-winning director of Hair Love, also rallied folks around supporting Ariyonna, calling on #ArtTwitter to draw portraits of the young girl that make her feel beautiful, so he could send them to her and Shabria, The Root reports.


Actress Viola Davis chimed in, saying, “THIS is the motivating factor for Black women to leave a legacy...of WORTH, of BEAUTY! I’m speaking LIFE into Ariyonna. From a sista who looks a lot like were born worthy therefore you were born beautiful.”

Jada Pinkett Smith also reposted the video, captioned, “This made me cry! Kudos to this beautiful woman for loving on this beautiful child! We gotta love on each other! This made my heart sing.” 

Forever First Lady Michelle Obama even took time out to encourage Ariyonna, saying, “You are gorgeous. In a world that sometimes tries to say otherwise, I want to tell you - and every other beautiful, intelligent, brave Black girl - just how precious you are.”

Shabria posted a follow up video of Ariyonna where she thanked everyone and repeated that “she’s Black and beautiful.”



Let’s continue to love up on Ariyonna! 

And S/O to Shabria! Black hair stylists are the REAL MVPs!

Photo Courtesy of @lilwavedaddy/Instagram