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St. Louis 6-Year-Old's Heart-Melting Video About Loving Yourself Goes Viral

Categories: Arts, LGBT

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Courtesy of Noah Rosenberg
Harlow Rosenberg shows off her Kinky Boots fashion before seeing the musical.

Sometimes the message the world needs to hear isn't delivered by political leaders or big-name activists. No, sometimes the wisest, simplest words of peace and equality come from a six-year-old St. Louis girl in sparkly red boots.

Having internationally acclaimed vocalist Cyndi Lauper and the cast of Kinky Boots agree is just a bonus.

Harlow Rosenberg is a precocious child who loves robots, princesses, fashion and the award-winning musical Kinky Boots. After hearing the soundtrack about a shoe-factory owner who hopes unconventional footwear will save his business, Harlow became quite taken with drag queen Lola, one of the main characters who shares that she's had trouble getting acceptance from her father. A budding artist and YouTube star, Harlow drew a picture of Lola and filmed a special message, asking her dad Noah Rosenberg to send them to the character. In her video, Harlow says, "No one can tell you. You don't have to decide what they say. You can decide for yourself. It's your life!"

Rosenberg tweeted the drawing and video to Billy Porter, who plays Lola in the Broadway musical. Porter applauded Harlow and shared her art with his Twitter followers:

Porter was so taken with Harlow that he shared her video again months later:

The excitement didn't end there. Rosenberg's wife was gearing up for a business trip to New York City, so the family tagged along for a vacation and for a viewing of Kinky Boots. Once again, Harlow asked Rosenberg to send a message to Lola, sharing that she'd be visiting her soon and wearing her "Lola" dress. To Harlow's delight, Porter responded enthusiastically.

"He's tweeted her a bunch of times -- pretty much anytime Harlow has a message," says Rosenberg, who is cofounder of local digital agency Happy Medium.

On page two, see how Cyndi Lauper makes Harlow's day.


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18 comments
Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

I love how you have a whole post about me. You really want to kick my ass? You want to inflict violence on me? Wow you are such a manly man.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Yes Laura, he's my uncle if you are still wondering. You think I'm an asshole, you have no idea!

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Well we can't all be like you. All hail the king.

King Maxwell Dclxcvi
King Maxwell Dclxcvi

And it is truly admirable that you are so dedicated to being a living reminder of imperfection.

King Maxwell Dclxcvi
King Maxwell Dclxcvi

You seem to have the concepts of questions and comments confused, which in no way surprises me. Either way, I admire the effort you put into making sure people you don't give a shit about fully understand you.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

LOL. Josh is so dumb he doesn't even know a pseudonym when he sees one. And here I thought "Goodman" was a fake name. 'Cause GOOD people don't judge 6 year olds.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

I wasn't asking what you thought of me. I was letting you know I don't care what anyone thinks of me.

King Maxwell Dclxcvi
King Maxwell Dclxcvi

Either you do care or your life is so lacking in anything worthwhile you take the time to ask what I think of you despite not caring. Either is a sad commentary upon you.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

King, do you really think a person who is calling out a 6 year old gives two shits what someone named King Maxwell thinks of me?

King Maxwell Dclxcvi
King Maxwell Dclxcvi

No, but you're asking everybody who reads your comment to realize just how much of a dipshit you are.

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

Dayum shame theres people hating on a 6 yr old daughter !!!!!!!

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

Psh, she's not asking to be bullied. She's proving she's about to rule the world.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

No one "asks" to be bullied, jerk.

Zach Taylor
Zach Taylor

Let's check back in with her in ten years, see if she's still singing that same tune. :D

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