We all love a good transformation story.
Whenever someone meets their weight loss goal, or gets a fashion makeover, or tries out a new haircut, it's hard not to get wrapped up in the whole story (hence why I've spent so many hours of my life watching What Not to Wear).
But the best part of a transformation isn't simply the new physical appearance; it's seeing how happy they are, and how happy their loved ones are for them. That kind of support is incredibly touching and valuable, and it can make all the difference in someone's life.
Earlier this week, Twitter user Praize Kirkwood posted a video of her dad reacting to her mom's new haircut, and there is so much to love about it.
When you think of femininity, a few very specific traits come to mind. Obviously, a feminine woman has great taste in clothes.She always knows exactly what to wear for every occasion. (Meanwhile, I start every day by asking myself, "What is the coziest piece of clothing I own that is also clean right now?" and just wear that.)
A feminine woman also wears makeup every single day.She also has completely mastered the art of contouring, even though many of us consider contouring to be a myth akin to dry land in the movie Waterworld.
And, of course, she has long hair.(P.S. I dare you to watch this GIF just once. It is literally impossible.) Since time immemorial, long hair has been the style to rock if you're also trying to show off your femininity.
Even though — let's be honest, here — having long hair is a legit pain in the neck.Long hair requires way more shampoo, way more time to dry, and way more effort in general. But that's what the expectation is, so many women, in an effort to prove their femininity, put up with it. (Obviously, there are so many women out there who totally rock the pixie cut; it's just not typically considered a "feminine" style.)
Earlier this week, Twitter user Praize Kirkwood shared the most delightful story about her parents. Here they are:
via: TwitterPraize said that her mom has been rocking her long hair for 20 years, but had started to feel it was time for a change. So, she did something drastic and shaved it all off. She was nervous about her husband's reaction, but she needn't have been. Praize caught the whole thing on video:
Watch this (and get ready for your mouth to hurt from how hard you're smiling):
So after 20 years of growing her dreads my mom wanted to cut off her hair. She wasn’t sure how my dad would react t… https://t.co/sukRPOir1E— ✨Pris•ce$$✨ (@✨Pris•ce$$✨)1515879629.0
Say it with me, now: "Awwwwwww!"
@praizekirkwood Your mom is so beautiful & your dad just fell in love with her all over again 💕— Black Women Are The Shit!!! (@Black Women Are The Shit!!!)1515962384.0
The best thing about Praize's dad's reaction is how obvious it is that he loves his wife regardless of how closely she follows the prescribed rules of "femininity."He doesn't care that "most" men prefer long hair. He clearly prefers for his wife to feel happy with the way she looks, whatever that may entail. (Plus, I mean, she's obviously clearly 100 percent stunning.)
The response to Praize's charming video has been overwhelmingly positive. There are also some people pointing out that while her mom is clearly gorgeous, her dad is pretty good-lookin' himself.
@praizekirkwood @justinkmack_02 How he look good in double denim, have a gorgeous wife, a beautiful kid, and litera… https://t.co/b69tu5W1vh— Taylor (@Taylor)1515964184.0
In short, everything about this video is completely wonderful.
@praizekirkwood This is just so pure. I'm in tears. You just really feel the love between the two of them. Thank yo… https://t.co/9ZSGaQ2iFx— Giuseppe Stromboli (@Giuseppe Stromboli)1515977955.0