Jada Pinkett Smith questions her daughter’s hair critics opinion on individual freedom when she posted on Facebook recently. Check this out:
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.
Smith is exactly right, and more parents should instill similar beliefs onto their children.
If “age ain’t nothing but a number,” then Willow should be allowed to make her own decisions. (The rising star will be more in tuned with herself than most other woman her age by doing so.)
Father Will Smith took to her defense, too, saying in an interview, “We let Willow cut her hair. When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body?” said the actor. “If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world.”
Foreign hairstyles is no stranger to Willow Smith. She’s rocked everything from the infamous “Cassie fade” to a classic but tough Elvis Presley ‘do.’ And it looks like Will and Jada aren’t looking for any parenting advice on the matter.