By J9 of J9's MusicLife
Willow Smith, 10-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Smith, has turned into an overnight star due to her popular debut single, "Whip Your Hair." Before even knowing who's kid she was, Jay-Z listened to her song and loved it. Eventually, he signed Willow to his label, Roc Nation.
For those who remember, Willow is like the Raven-Symone of today. In 1993, Raven came out with her first single "That's What Little Girls Are Made of" when she was only 8 years-old. Click here to see the video.
In the mist of Willow's debut success, many have already started to shed a bad light on her. It started before her single dropped, when she shaved the sides of her head. Some felt she was too young for this type of hairstyle and frowned upon Will and Jada for condoning it.
If I had a girl, I probably wouldn't allow her to shave her head. But seriously, what's the harm? Recently, many people were allowing their little boys to wear a shaved Mohawk style. What makes Willow so different? Is it because she's a girl?
On May 14, 2010, the whole Smith family was on Oprah and Willow's hairstyle was discussed. She and Jada explained that "her beauty didn't depend on her hair." Willow wanted to be free and not worry about her hair when she participated in activities like swimming.
I think for a young, black girl to feel that her hair isn't a big deal, shows confidence. Such an outlook is rare, especially in the black community when even older women are obsessed with their hair. If anything, Willow is a young role model for little girls out there teaching them to be proud of not only their hair but who they are in general.
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