Representation matters on national and international platforms for all to see. Why? Because when a child or person sees someone who looks like them in the role of a superhero or as the lead in The Little Mermaid, becomes the vice president of the United States, wins the first NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, or opens a business in an underrepresented industry for minorities, the idea that the sky is the limit becomes a reality.
On June 6, TikTok user @haiamabeauty was watching an episode of the long-running PBS show, which celebrates 54 years on the air in November, with her child when she saw something that warmed her heart: someone who wears her hair natural. During the episode, there was a scene that highlighted the washing process of a muppet of color, who was getting her hair done by her aunt. The niece had natural hair and talked viewers through each step of her natural-hair routine. So happy to see representation, the mother posted a nine-second video of the scene and shared it on TikTok with the following caption: “@Sesame Street leading the way! I loved watching this episode with my kid. ➿💕🙌🏾 “
“My auntie rinses the regular conditioner out and puts leave-in conditioner in and detangles my hair one more time,” the niece muppet says in the short clip.
The video quickly spread and has been viewed a million times. Other users were excited to see content like this on a kids’ show as well. “Sesame Street was ALWAYSSSSSSSSS for US! ✊🏾,” a commenter agreed.
“And in the sink?!? The accuracy!!!! 😂 Love it,” another person commented.
“Love this for our babies 🥰” someone else wrote. Catch the adorable moment below: