Willow Smith is known for her personal style – and her mother Jada Pinkett Smith wouldn’t have it any other way.
The mother of the “Whip My Hair” singer penned an open letter to fans explaining why she “let” her 12-year-old daughter take control of her appearance, blasting critics who say Willow is too young to make style choices on her own.
“The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair, first the LET must be challenged,” Pinkett Smith wrote on Facebook. “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.”
Pinkett Smith said she was comfortable with Willow shaving off her coif because her daughter knows “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,” Pinkett Smith added.
Willow has chopped off her hair – and dyed it a rainbow of different colors – several times over recent years.
The young starlet’s style choices have been met by many critics, with some suggesting that Pinkett Smith needs to get a better handle on parental control.
Pinkett Smith’s Facebook remarks echo those made by her husband, Will Smith, back in May.
The star said he and his wife decided to allow Willow to cut her hair to show her “how to have command of her body.”
“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,” Smith said in an interview with Parade magazine.
Willow also slammed critics of her appearance in a single she released this summer, titled “I Am Me.”
“Days pass I’m trying to find who I really am. I’ve been looking people don’t like the way I dress,” the tween sings. “I dyed my hair and it’s not just vanity. Your validation is not that important to me.”