Child celebrity Willow Smith has taken quite the cyber beating for her eccentric, and seemingly age-inappropriate, hair styles. And while her high profile father, Will Smith, has publicly come to her defense, her mother, Jada Pinkett-Smith, has been noticeably silent on the matter.
Well not anymore! Jada finally took to her Facebook page to address an issue that seems to have bothered her for months. She wrote:
A letter to a friend…
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.
Ya’ll done woke up mama bear now!
Jada may have stepped into this debate kind of late in the game, but it’s got to be a good feeling for Willow to know her that BOTH of her parents support her 100%! With this new-age method of parenting though, will Willow grow up to be a “strong black woman” or a “hot a– mess?” Only time will tell!