Kerion Washington, a 17-year old from Fort Worth Texas, was denied a job at Six Flags due to his hair, but now it appears modeling is in his future after his story went viral.

Kerion made headlines in March when Six Flags Over Texas rejected his application for a summer job. The 17-year-old loc rocker said, “They told me I could cut my hair and come back, that it’s just hair and it would grow back. But they compared it to having a tattoo. I didn’t want to cut it.”

He opted not to cut his locs and continue to look elsewhere for work, meanwhile his mother shared his story on Facebook, it was shared over 17,000 times. In response, multiple job offers were extended to Kerion.

Other opportunities presented itself, Dallas News reported Kerion was reached out to by Corrie Caster, head of development for IMG Los Angeles and a scout for IMG Models World Wide, on Instagram about a potential opportunity. IMG Models represents Ciara, Kate Moss, Gal Gadot, Priyanka Chopra, Chrissy Teigen, Whiz Khalifa and more. Caster heard about the teen through a friend who shared an article about him. The picture of Kerion shared in the article caught her attention.

“I scout the world looking for talent and stories,” Caster said. “I didn’t know his story then, but he
had a lot of the physical features we look for in our models.”

Shortly thereafter, Kerion had his first photoshoot and he is now looking at a possible contract with a world renowned agency and a full on career. Not only that, the incident has led Six Flags to alter its policy to no longer discriminate against those with dreadlocks. Kerion's decision has not only positively impacted his future career prospects but others with locs who may seek employment at the theme park in the future.