Willow Smith started out whipping her hair back and forth, but as of February began wearing a much shorter, buzz cut. Ever since, the 12-year-old’s bold choice has been a source of controversy and after months of criticism from the media and parents alike, Jada Pinkett-Smith has come forth to defend her daughter’s right to wear her hair as she pleases.
In Pinkett-Smith’s Facebook post, she writes:
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.
Despite earlier questioning of Will and Jada’s parenting, many are in agreement with what she had to say. Two popular sites in particular, The Frisky and Clutch Magazine, showed support for mom’s response. Though she is considered fashion forward for her age, Willow also faced criticism for the outfit she wore in her video, I Am Me, a song which asks for acceptance of who she is.
While Will Smith stated his views on teaching her to be in control of her body some time ago in an interview with Parade, neither parent seems very interested in being told how to raise their daughter. Read the entire article on TheGrio.
BMWK– Do you agree with Willow’s parents? Would you allow your child to dress the way Willow has? How would you handle criticism toward your child’s choice of appearance?
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