And this time, everything was on their terms.
"This is an 8-year-old girl who was selected from her school," Horton told CNN. "I am a father and I am tired of seeing injustices like this, I wanted to go out and strengthen that girl's trust."
Earlier this month, Horton drove 4 1/2 hours to Michigan just to make it happen. His one request? Marian should wear her red, braided extensions for the shoot.
"I wanted her to be herself and that she knows it's okay to be herself," Horton said.
And Marian did just that.
The resulting photos show Marian in her extensions and a very colorful wardrobe provided by Joy Management CEO Pamela Blackman and Rich Girl Candy CEO Mieka Joi.
Marian's story made headlines when her hairstyle in October prevented her from taking a picture of her school.
"She called us in tears," Marian's father, Doug Scott, told CNN. "She had the school upgrades before and they never told us anything, so it was surprising for us that this was the first time we heard that it violated the school's dress code."
Ben Kriesch, Headmaster of Paragon The Charter Academy, where Marian went to school, told WILX that Marian's red extensions violated the school policy.] The school did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.
Due to the incident, she was dragged out of Paragon Charter School three weeks ago by Marian's parents.
"The school has not apologized or intended to change its policies," Scott told CNN. "They made my daughter feel inadequate, and every child should feel appropriate at school."
Given all that has happened, Scott says a positive situation has developed from a negative situation.
"I've seen people taking care of it, like Jermaine, my daughter was very disappointed before, but she's much happier now."
Gabrielle Sorto of CNN contributed to this report.