Have you heard of Farouk James Prempeh or as he is better known to the public as Farouk James? Farouk James is a 9 year old model and actor born in London. His parents are Ghana and Bonnie James Prempeh. Farouk James started his career at the age of 9 months. His mother is taking care of his Instagram career. Farouk James’s trademark is his hair. He has long curly brown hair, which is recognized by all followers on the social network Instagram. Farouk is a model for big brands and together with his mother they advocate that boys can also have long hair.
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When Farouk was a child, his family decided not to cut his beautiful brown hair. Thanks to her, he gained over 269 thousand followers on Instagram. Over the years, Farouk became attached to his hair. The problem arose when Farouk was about to enroll in high school. In London, most schools forbid boys to have long hair. According to school policy, boys’ hairstyles should be neat and conventional in nature, which means that it is not allowed for boys to have darts, braids, or any other extreme hairstyles as a hairstyle. According to the school policy, they have the right to insist on restyling the boy, if they consider his style inappropriate.
Farouk’s mother is familiar with this policy at the Oratory School in London, as she had the same problem with her older son, who is now about 23 years old. At the time, her son had too short a haircut to be admitted to school. Farouk’s mother, Bonnie, explains that her son had too short hair and would almost be expelled from school. She had to find an instant solution so she decided on a crazy act – she bought a shoe polish and smeared it on her son’s head to make it look like he has more hair. Farouk’s mother, Bonnie, is petitioning to prevent such restrictions from schools in the future. She believes that this is just discrimination against the afro texture of the hair. She also refers to racial discrimination given that she had such a bad experience with her older son.
Farouk is not the only child to face this problem. These policies exist in many schools but also in many workplaces, considering dreadlocks and braids as unacceptable. Many black women face the problem created by European standards, so many black women have to straighten their natural curly hair in order to be accepted in a particular job. As Farooq’s mother explains, it is no longer just about hair, but these rules or standards open up countless other national issues.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think that there should be rules that set the standards for the length or appearance of children’s hair and should it be crucial for them to be admitted or refused to attend a certain type of school? You can share your opinion in the comments.