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

Categories: Arts, LGBT

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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