Benny Harlem, a New York model and social media sensation, has dedicated his life to two things: his hair and his family (though not necessarily in that order). He and his now-9-year-old daughter, Jaxyn, went viral in the summer of 2016 after people on social media stumbled upon photos of their badass natural hair. Two years later, this father-daughter duo and their hair are once again taking the internet by storm — and this time around, Benny’s got a Guinness World Record under his belt.
Benny and Jaxyn frequently share photos of their incredible hairstyles on Instagram, which range in style from massive afros to long braids. Their photo shoots often promote cultural pride and positivity, with the two frequently posing as Black Panthers and tribal royalty. Benny currently has more than 475,000 people following his account, and it’s clear to see why. In fact, his seriously breathtaking hair earned him a world record last fall for the highest high-top fade.
Still, Benny and Jaxyn’s hair isn’t the only wonderful thing about their shoots: They share an unbreakable bond with each other, and it shows.
“We are divinely connected,” Benny told i-D in 2017. “A lot of things are too personal to speak on but my connection with my baby exceeds anything I’ve ever known. That’s a huge reason why I give her the world.”
Benny’s dedication to his daughter serves as an example to other struggling dads: Many have penned letters to him to thank him for the inspiration, which he often shares on Instagram.
“I cried for hours looking at the pictures with you and your pretty daughter,” wrote Leroy from Raleigh, North Carolina. “It inspired me to get in contact with my children as soon as I could.”
See more of this inspiring father-daughter duo below.