The pressures of being the child of such superstars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have to be intense. Despite the remarkable careers of her very successful parents, however, Willow Smith has evolved into somewhat of mega force in showbiz. Young, old, White, Black—there wasn’t a soul who didn’t move to her Billboard charting single, “Whip My Hair.” The pro-individuality anthem even caught the ears of hip-hop legend and business mogul Jay-Z and she was signed to Roc Nation. Other noted songs by Smith include “21st Century Girl” and “Fireball”, featuring rapper and pop star Nicki Minaj. The little songbird is also an actress, debuting in the 2007 movie, I Am Legend. She also appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and a received a Young Artist Award for her performance.
Since Willow’s debut as an artist, she’s been an advocate for youth empowerment. We’ve seen her rock it all from colorful box braids to a green brush cut, emphasizing that hair does not define you—an appreciated message in our community where hair has often been the center of controversy. Whether in interviews or via her private social networks, Willow is often emphasizing the importance of self-love and embracing who you are. The video to her song “I Am Me” revealed a very quirky and genuine Willow, proudly proclaiming, over and over, “I’m me. I’m me, and that’s all I can be.” In a modern day of superficiality and bullying among youth, Willow’s gutsy song and style choices give kids, and even adults, in our community freedom to discover and have confidence in themselves.
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