Willow Smith grew up wishing her natural hair “wasn’t so kinky”.
The actress/singer opened up about her love-hate relationship with her Afro-textured hair during an episode of her mother Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk series. The episode featured Jada’s longtime best friend Mia and her daughter Madison and a discussion about colourism, which is discrimination or prejudice against individuals based on skin tone, from members of the same race.
“One of the issues for me growing up was my hair,” Willow explained, calling it “just a struggle” for her. “I would look at (Madison’s) hair and be like ‘I would be so much prettier if my hair wasn’t so kinky or if I had longer hair.'”
Jada also discussed her experience with colourism, and said she was targeted over her skin tone.
“I had the opposite in my experience, being picked on for being light-skinned,” The Matrix Reloaded star explained.
Back in March, the 19-year-old shaved her hair off during an art exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, alongside her boyfriend Tyler Cole.
In a previous interview with InStyle magazine, the Whip My Hair hitmaker shared that she first shaved her hair when she was just 12.
“I was doing whatever I wanted and just being wild – but obviously, it was a rebellion to people who thought it meant something different. I was just over it; I was literally so done and said, ‘I’m going to show people that I’m not attached to this,'” she recalled.
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