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Mum may declare model son, 8, non-binary so he can keep his long locks at secondary school

A MUM has said she may have to declare her son non-binary so he can keep his famous long locks at secondary school.

Farouk James, 8, of Fulham, west London, works as a model and has more than 260,000 followers on Instagram thanks to his incredible mane.

Bonnie Miller says she may list her son Farouk James as non-binary when applying to secondary schools so he can keep his long locks
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Bonnie Miller says she may list her son Farouk James as non-binary when applying to secondary schools so he can keep his long locksCredit: Triangle News
Farouk has landed several modelling jobs thanks to his long locks
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Farouk has landed several modelling jobs thanks to his long locks Credit: Triangle News

He has already travelled to New York and Florence to show off his incredible bouffant on the catwalk and has also worked for children’s brands including Guess.

Yet single mum Bonnie Miller is furious as his three target secondary school ban boys from having long hair.

Many secondary schools across the country force boys to keep their hair cut short.

Bonnie says it is discriminatory as girls can have long hair - and admits she may be forced to say Farouk is gender fluid so he can keep his mane.

But many secondary schools across the UK insist on boys wearing their hair short
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But many secondary schools across the UK insist on boys wearing their hair short Credit: Triangle News

The 41-year-old has launched a petition demanding the government stops schools from prohibiting boys from growing long locks.

“We are told we are supposed to be tolerant, and embrace diversity,” Bonnie said.

“However this policy teaches children that they cannot be different.”

Bonnie began investigating different schools’ rules, after planning ahead for Farouk’s applications in Year 5.

Bonnie is desperate to find a "loop hole" so that her son can keep his mane
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Bonnie is desperate to find a "loop hole" so that her son can keep his maneCredit: Triangle News
Bonnie began investigating different schools’ rules and has started a petition to end the "outdated practices"
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Bonnie began investigating different schools’ rules and has started a petition to end the "outdated practices"Credit: Triangle News

She said: “Why are we teaching - at such a young age - that long hair means there is something wrong with these children?

“I thought ‘I have to do something about this, children’s mental health is more important.”

Bonnie’s petition calls on the government to ban the “outdated practice” of hair rules.

“Applying for a mixed school, I may just put him down as non-binary,” she said.

“I have been trying to think of loopholes, and think how can I get him in.

Farouk's hair now reaches his bum when it is straightened
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Farouk's hair now reaches his bum when it is straightened Credit: Triangle News
His mum uses half a bottle of conditioner on it every time she washes it with Evian water
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His mum uses half a bottle of conditioner on it every time she washes it with Evian water Credit: Triangle News

“The mixed schools I have been looking at have policies which clearly differentiate between boys and girls.”

Bonnie believes equal hair rules will also allow transgender people to be more comfortable.

At his primary school he is allowed to grow his hair as long as he wants, provided it does not cover his eyes.

Photographer Bonnie says Farouk is terrified about having to cut his beautiful locks for secondary school.

He’s become a role model for children, for boys with long hair

Bonnie Miller

“Parents have shown me they have had to chop their child’s hair off, and the devastation it has caused,” she explained.

“It’s a part of their identity. You are asking someone to take away a huge part of themselves, to fit in to what is socially expected.”

She says people often call Farouk a girl, but he just brushes it off.

His hair currently goes down below his bottom, when it’s straight.

He has to use almost half a bottle of conditioner to achieve his voluminous bouffant and even washes it with Evian mineral water.

Farouk insists that "scissors are for paper nor hair"
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Farouk insists that "scissors are for paper nor hair"Credit: Triangle News

Bonnie set up Farouk’s Instagram page when he was two years old, after another influencer had used a photo of her son without her permission.

The page immediately exploded, gaining tens of thousands of followers.

She explained she would get messages from other parents saying Farouk inspired their children to grow their locks.

“He’s become a role model for children, for boys with long hair,” the mum-of-three said.

“Parents say they refer to Farouk’s page to give their child confidence.

Bonnie's petition has already received almost 1,000 signatures since she launched it just a few days ago
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Bonnie's petition has already received almost 1,000 signatures since she launched it just a few days agoCredit: Triangle News

“I’ve cried numerous times because, just from me allowing him to be himself, he has changed other children’s lives.

“Farouk globally can be himself, and be appreciated for who he is through Instagram. But locally he is not accepted.

“When he goes to secondary school, he is going to be told he has to change. He will be told, he is going to have to take a piece of himself away.”

She explained Farouk’s phrase about haircuts is: “Scissors are for paper.”

Bonnie’s petition, which is just days old, already has almost 1,000 signatures.

One mum, Elanor Jemison said: “My boy, 10, also has long hair. This case represents the prejudice boys face when they have long hair.”

Emma Gerbino added: “Anyone should have the right to wear their hair however they choose.

“It doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference in their ability to learn.”

Angel Cooper wrote: “Freedom of expression through one’s hair is essential to happiness.”

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