How Working Mom and Author Atara Twersky Inspired Her Youngest Daughter to Embrace Her Curls

By author Atara Twersky

Did you know only 10% of women feel proud of their curls and only 4 out of 10 curly-haired girls think their hair is beautiful? (Edelman, 2015)

Heartwarming children’s book, Curlee Girlee is resonating with children and adult women across the country as it tackles fictitious beauty standards, hair-acceptance and self-love. Penned by mother of three Atara Twersky, she was inspired by her curly-haired daughter to write a character that reflected her child, and empower young girls of all backgrounds to embrace who they are.

The book was selected for inclusion in the Everybody Wins OSCARs Bag and GRAMMY Gift Bags this year and was named an “Us Must” by Us Weekly in March of 2017. Atara also appeared on CNN on 2/25 to talk Curlee Girlee.

Atara says she wanted her daughter Ari to love her curly hair and not ever feel the pressure to straighten it or conform to society’s fictitious standards of beauty. One day very recently, her daughter said, “You know Mommy, I used to be just like Curlee Girlee—but now I am only like Curlee Girlee at the end of the book.”

“Ari what do you mean by that?” Atara asked.

Ari then said, “In the book, Curlee Girlee only likes her hair at the end, but I always liked my hair, Mommy.”

The beauty of that statement is that Ari can no longer remember a time when she didn’t love her hair. Atara says she was so touched that writing Curlee Girlee had been so impactful on her daughter’s relationship with her hair.

Atara hopes that Curlee Girlee will resonate with the 1.6 billion curly-haired girls worldwide as well as inspire all little girls to embrace their differences and feel beautiful inside and outside, exactly as they are.


Atara Twersky, Author of Curlee Girlee is a TODAY Show Style Icon. Her mission is to teach girls to embrace the beautiful curls they have with power and confidence. Join us as together we change the “coarse” of curly hair. Don’t forget to check out our recent article on What to Do or Say if Your Daughter is Showing Signs of Hating Her Curly Hair.

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