Benny Harlem and his six-year-old daughter Jaxyn have garnered worldwide attention for their viral social media posts.
Los Angeles-based Benny works as a model, artist and performer and has seen his Instagram following skyrocket from 40,000 to 140,000 in the last two months alone. The reason is likely to be found in the heartwarming images he shares where he flaunts his natural hair while posing alongside his daughter.
Benny is all about self-love and he grows and cares for his hair as a celebration of his African heritage.
"I am a reflection of what God created a man to be. I love myself and appreciate where I come from. I believe that staying true to that will take me to where I will go," he tells the Huffington Post.
And it's that same sense of self-love, pride and respect, he tries to instill in young Jaxyn. He tells Xo Necole, “I teach her to love herself first. She doesn’t need to seek that in a man or from watching TV or her friends."
“If she loves herself first, love will align in her friendships, relationships, and all aspects of her life.”
Benny grew up without a father figure of his own and is pouring everything into his relationship with his daughter, a feeling that certainly comes across in their images.
He's also been praised as a standout example of fatherhood at a time when fathers in the black community in the US don't always get painted in the most positive light.