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

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In New York, Harlow enjoyed the sights before it was time to dress for the theater. The six-year-old girl showed off her flair for fashion with an outfit straight out of Lola's closet -- a fancy scarlet dress and red glittery knee boots -- and the family headed to Kinky Boots, where Harlow knew every word of every song.

"Oh, man, I remember just looking over at her face, and it was like if you saw a real-life Tinkerbell fairy," Rosenberg says. "She couldn't believe it was actually happening and that she was actually there. She just kept jumping up and down in her seat.

"At the end, they have an old-style revue where the cast comes out and disco music is playing," Rosenberg continues. "I lifted Harlow up, and the guy who plays Charlie [Andy Kelso] pointed at her and said, 'There she is!'"

Afterward, Harlow and her family waited for the cast near the stage door, finally meeting Porter and other actors. Harlow was a little nonplussed seeing cast members in ordinary clothing instead of costumes, but there was still a surprise or two in store for the little theater lover.

Days after the family returned to St. Louis, Cyndi Lauper discovered Harlow's video. Cheering for Harlow's message of acceptance and equality, the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" singer and the songwriter behind Kinky Boots left a comment on the video and then shared the link on her Facebook page.

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Naturally, Lauper's endorsement has encouraged her fans to watch and praise Harlow's video -- Harlow's message now has 24,000 hits and counting. Coupled with a writeup from Broadway giant Playbill and countless social-media shares, Harlow has become known as the girl who "gets it."

"To her, gender roles aren't as defined. There's nothing wrong with any of this; she gets it," Rosenberg says. "She's just like, '[Wearing fun dresses is] what he [Lola] likes, and that's what I like, so we're friends. Why would his dad tell him he can't like that?'"

After all of this, it's easy for a little girl to assume that she can reach anyone through social media. As a summer project, Harlow has been watching videos of famous women like Lucille Ball, Anne Frank and of course Cyndi Lauper before drawing the ladies, asking her father to share her work with her subjects when possible.

"She thinks that I can just talk to anybody at any time now," Rosenberg says. "I can't imagine how this kid thinks life works. She says something like, 'You create your own reality' in the [Kinky Boots] video, and I think she believes that."


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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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