New Sesame Street video offers young girls a gloriously positive self-esteem boost

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I’ve always loved "Sesame Street." The show taught me my numbers and letters as a child and did the same for my two children just a few years ago. It’s also instilled a lot of important lessons in all of us. And even though my kids are now 5 years old and 8 years old, it can still entertain them enough to give me a few minutes to make a phone call or send a few emails.

And now I love "Sesame Street" even more, thanks to a recently aired segment about loving your hair. It features a little girl puppet singing “I love my hair. There’s nothing else that can compare with my hair. It’s a part of me.” I think about all the curly girls I spoke to for "Curly Girl," and the horrible hair-related traumas they suffered as kids and think that a segment like this could have saved some of them from a lot of pain. Myself included!

I hated my hair growing up and spent so much time despising it and wondering why it wasn’t golden, long and bouncy like the women and girls I saw on TV. It made me feel like I was different and strange. After all, if I wasn’t why wasn’t there a girl with messy brown curls on "The Brady Bunch," "Partridge Family" or any other of my favorite shows? Thanks to "Sesame Street," little girls today don’t have to think that way. To see a curly role model dancing away and loving her wild curls will probably change many little curls the world over—or at least it’s a start. Imagine learning your 123’s, ABC’s and how to love your hair? Now that’s an educational show!

Read more and see the video here.