In just eight short years, Blue Ivy Carter has already achieved more than most people would in a lifetime. The eldest daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z was making headlines even before she was born, and besides repeatedly outshining her famous parents with her style and sass, Blue Ivy is also the youngest-ever winner of a BET Award and an NAACP Image Award, thanks to her work on “Brown Skin Girl”. Now, the rising star adds narrator to her lengthy list of accomplishments, as she lends her voice to the audiobook version of Hair Love, based on the Oscar-winning animated short by Matthew A. Cherry.
Cherry announced the news earlier this week on social media, posting a link to Hair Love’s Audible page, along with a seven-second clip of Blue Ivy introducing the book. The touching tale follows an African-American father, Stephen, as he learns to style his daughter Zuri’s curls ahead of a very special occasion. The short film not only explores the dynamics of the father-daughter relationship, but also underscores the importance of embracing and appreciating one’s natural beauty. “Hair Love was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation,” Cherry said in his Academy Award acceptance speech. “And we wanted to normalise Black hair.”
Blue Ivy’s involvement in Hair Love carries a particularly profound significance, as she herself was a subject of criticism and cyberbullying because of her natural curls. At one point, there was even an absurd petition going around calling Beyoncé to brush Blue Ivy’s hair — to which Queen Bey clapped back in her 2016 anthem “Formation” by singing, “I like my baby heir with baby hair and afros”. Well, it seems Blue Ivy’s having the last laugh now.