Willow Camille Reign Smith (born October 31, 2000), known simply as Willow Smith, is an American child actress and singer. Daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, and the younger sister of Jaden Smith, she has made headlines with controversy over her eccentric style choices. Now the “Whip My Hair” artist is dropping jaws with her new look! Not only has the child star shaved off all her hair, she upped the ante by also dying it.
Young Willow has received cyber backlash for her bold and seemingly age-inappropriate hairstyles for quite some time now, while her celebrity parents remained relatively quiet about the issue. Smith- 12, shaved off her hair early this year amid criticism. After dying her hair multiple colors and expressing bold fashion statements, Jada finally took to her Facebook page to speak about letting Willow cut her hair the day before Thanksgiving. In the message titled “A letter to a friend,” she wrote:
This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete.
The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be.
More to come. Another day.
In Willow’s fourth music video titled “I Am Me” released earlier this summer, the trend setting child star expressed:
“Days pass I’m trying to find who I really am. I’ve been looking people don’t like the way I dress,” Smith sings. “I ain’t done my hair and it’s not just vanity. Your validation is not that important to me.”
With both her parents supporting her 100%, surely this young artist is destined for greatness.
Written by: Lexine Emille