Jada Pinkett Smith: “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.”
Amen. Jada is doing what all parents should do. She is doing what’s in the best interest of her child. She is parenting.
Willow Smith is an entertainer, but she’s also someone’s daughter. When she shaved and cut her hair, many people fussed about it. I have to admit I wasn’t crazy about the Whip My Hair video at first. Truth is, the song is a mantra about confidence. Nadia loves to hear it once or twice a week, and no harm has been done.
I, too, have told myself that when Simone and Nadia get older and want to experiment with hair and clothes (as long as there is proper cover) that I will let them. My mother and I tussled in this area, but I was just trying to figure out my likes and dislikes.
Children need to discover who they are before they go other places and people try to tell them who they are. What they look like as they grow up doesn’t really matter. The important thing is that they grow up to be confident and strong. I will try not to be offended by dyes and shapes of hair. Hair can be cut and colored. It also can and will grow back.
What do you say?