In March he applied for a part-time job at Six Flags in Texas, but was told he had to cut his dreadlocks to get hired because they reportedly considered it an “extreme hairstyle” per their dress code policy.
His mom Karis first shared the story with this Facebook post.
After the Facebook post, the head of development at IMG Models in LA saw Kerion’s photo and fell in love with his look — dreadlocks and all.
He had his first photo shoot a few weeks ago. Washington told Fox he was nervous at first, but eventually opened up in front of the camera.
People are loving this surprising turn of events.
And now complete strangers are cheering him on.
Kerion said, “I think it’s great that they got me to where I can truly be myself. Regardless of your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or hairstyle type – you can achieve anything with hard work. That’s the message I want people to learn from all of this.”