'Project will inspire': Beyonce's daughter shows off talent in new gig

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With Beyonce and Jay Z as parents, there was never any doubt Blue Ivy would inherit some serious talent.

And the eight-year-old has just taken another step into the spotlight, proving she has plenty of skill in her own right in her latest venture - narrating the audiobook Hair Love.

The book, which was first released in May last year, is a sweet homage to the bond between dads of colour and their kids.

Written by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, it follows a little girl, Zuri and her dad Stephen's attempts at styling her hair.

In the book we're told Zuri's mum usually styles her hair, but when it's left to her dad, he steps up and overcomes his initial difficulties to pull it off. 

Writing on his website, Cherry said Hair Love was written to show a greater diversity of voices and stories. 

"This story was born out of seeing a lack of representation in mainstream animated projects, and also wanting to promote hair love amongst young men and women of colour. It is our hope that this project will inspire."

In a clip posted to Cherry's Instagram account, Blue can be heard introducing the book, giving fans a taste of the four-minute audio book.

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Proud grandma Tina Knowles also shared the news to her Instagram, describing Blue as an '8 year old sweet talented little girl'. 

The story was last year also released as a short animated film, which took out best animated short film at this year's Oscars.

Speaking during his acceptance speech, Cherry said he was motivated to make the film to show greater representation of African American stories in animation. 

"Hair Love was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation, we wanted to normalise black hair," Cherry said.

Blue first showed off her chops in Jay Z's song Glory, written about her and mum Beyonce. She has since featured on the rapper's later album 4:44 as well as Beyonce's song Brown Skin Girls.

Beyonce recently gave a rare insight into their family life for her cover interview with British Vogue, revealing that like many of her peers, Blue was aware of the pandemic and as a mum she was trying to navigate how much to tell her. 

"I have become a better listener. Blue is very smart, and she is aware that there is a shift, but it is my job as a parent to do my best to keep her world as positive and safe as can be for an 8-year-old," she told Vogue.

"I let my daughter know that she is never too young to contribute to changing the world. I never underestimate her thoughts and feelings, and I check in with her to understand how this is affecting her."