Jada Pinkett has spoken openly about her parenting style, which includes allowing her children to express themselves in how they dress and style their hair. While son Jaden recently cut his hair and rocks a simple short cut, daughter Willow is constantly experimenting with color and texture. And of course, people have a lot to say about it, with Willow’s styles often popping up on gossip blogs. Apparently Jada is fed up with the commentary, and took to Facebook to set people straight. Click below to read the note and see some of Willow’s styles.

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.


Ladies, what are your thoughts?

All photos courtesy of Zimbio.com

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187 Comments on "Jada Pinkett Smith: “Willow’s Beauty Isn’t Measured By The Length of Her Hair.”"

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Not long ago, I ran into the Mrs./Mr. Smith I told them I’ve always looked up to them for the realness of their family. They were polite and I kept it short not to intrude on their time. NA-SAYERS…….not only should they stay out of other people’s beeswax, they really need to stay in their lane and continue focusing on their wigs, weaves and hair grease. I’ve sported a afro, shave head, finger waves, braids and now, long locs. Do I care what other people’s thoughts about what I’ve done and style my hair or anything else? Hell no. Keep… Read more »
I don’t know how she feels personally, but I doubt it’s because she’s acting out or her mom gives her too much ‘freedom’ (smh at that word.) She probably just wanted a change. After wearing my hair long since I was a kid, I told my Momma I wanted to cut it. And I did. I went from waist-length when curly to chin length when straight. (I was maybe 15 – 16). I also temporarily got sea-green highlights (up until then I always had gold colored ones). And you know what? I realized I wanted long hair, and that I… Read more »
Rachel N

i love the smith’s family and i always wanted to copy willow smith’s styles such as hair and her outfit

Charise Wynter

She’s so frickin cool!


You’d look indifferent too if everyone was always sticking a camera in your face. Teenagers often dont smile, its just how they are sometimes…


If you disagree with Jada’s statement, you completely missed her point, as obvious at it is..

Dayna menzies

I don’t see the fuss about her hair but I always notice the child never smiles. She looks sad and lost…jmo


I am the most giggly person you will ever meet. I laugh at everything. WHEN no one laughs I laugh but in pictures I never smile. People always say YOU look angry or sad… Cant judge by a picture.