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8-year-old Michigan gets photography after being denied school image for her hair extensions



And this time it was all on her terms.

When Chicago photographer Jermaine Horton was tagged in a Facebook post with the story of young Marian Scott, he didn't waste time getting in touch with his parents to arrange a tailor-made shot for her.

"This is an 8-year-old girl who was named by her school," Horton told CNN. "I'm a father and tired of seeing injustice like this happen. I wanted to go out there and help build this girl's confidence."

Earlier this month, Horton drove 4 1/2 hours to Michigan just to make it happen. His only request? Marian should wear her red, braided extensions for photography.

"I wanted her to be herself and let her know it's OK to be herself," Horton said.

And Marian did just that.

The resulting images show Marian in her extensions and a very colorful wardrobe provided by Pamela Blackman, CEO of Joy Management, and Mieka Joi, CEO of clothing brand Rich Girl Candy, for free.

"It was fun," Marian told CNN-affiliated WILX. "You have to pose and be yourself."

Marian's story made headlines when she was blocked from having her school picture taken because of her hairstyle in October.

"She called us in tears," Marian's father, Doug Scott, told CNN. "She carried the extensions to the school before and they never told us anything, so it was surprising to us that this was the first time we heard it was a violation of the school dress code."

Ben Kriesch, principal at Paragon Charter Academy, where Marian attended school, told WILX that Marian's red extensions were contrary to school policy.

Paragon Charter Academy's handbook says that students' hair color must be "of natural tones" to get a picture taken, the station reported.

The school did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

As a result of the incident, Marian's parents pulled her out of Paragon Charter School three weeks ago.

"The school did not apologize or had any intention of changing its policy," Scott told CNN. "They made my daughter feel inadequate and every child should feel enough in school."

In light of everything that has happened, Scott says that a negative situation turned into a positive situation.

"It made me see that there are people out there who care, like Jermaine. My daughter was very disappointed before, but she's much happier now."

CNN's Gabrielle Sorto contributed to this report.


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