A father-daughter duo have become social media superstars, thanks to their sweet style and beauty-themed photo shoots.
Single father Mike Worthington, 30, and his 6-year-old daughter Asia love going shopping, trying out new hairstyles, and playing dress-up. The pair chronicles their stylish lifestyle on the Instagram page Ice Mike Love Asia, which boasts more than 790,000 followers.
Their latest video, posted to Instagram on July 8, received more than 111,000 likes and features Worthington using styling cream to fashion Asia’s hair into “Minnie Mouse buns,” a look he discovered on YouTube.
“Asia and I spend a lot of time together — her mom and I share custody — and I would struggle to make her hair look nice,” Worthington tells Yahoo Beauty. “I didn’t want her hair to look crazy or have to rely on my mother or sisters, so I decided to learn myself from watching YouTube or reading magazines.”
Once an aspiring photographer, the online marketing professional bought photography equipment and set up a ministudio in his Dallas home, where he shoots the majority of his work.
Worthington’s followers also make style suggestions for Asia, and he sends them photos of the results.
Asia and her father make regular trips to the Children’s Place, where Asia is allowed to pick out two outfits while her father shops the rest. The little girl prefers statement and graphic T-shirts and dresses. She also loves lip gloss, which her father permits, provided the tube stays at home (no reapplying allowed).
The pair have become so celebrated that in June 2016, Target offered them a deal to model clothes from its signature line, Cat & Jack, on their social media sites.
Worthington says that aside from a few naysayers who claim he shares his life “for attention,” he’s inundated with support and requests for his tips on custody issues, raising daughters, relationships, and hairstyling.
“I just say to them, ‘Try your hardest and live through your daughter,’” says Worthington. “Fathers set the tone in a girl’s life and there’s no greater bond. Whether it’s through cooking, watching movies, or playing, time spent is far greater than money spent.”
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