Despite public criticism and heavy scrutiny, Jada Pinkett Smith is not about to tell her daughter Willow what she can and cannot do with her hair. Addressing the controversy via her official Facebook page, the 41-year-old Matrix Revolutions star writes:
“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,” Jada continues. “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.”
Will Smith, 44, addressed similar concerns during a May interview with Parade magazine.
“When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control 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,” the Men in Black III actor explains. “She has got to have command of her body. So when she goes out into the world, she’s going out with a command that is hers. She is used to making those decisions herself. We try to keep giving them those decisions until they can hold the full weight of their lives.”
Even Willow herself spoke up for herself via her 2012 single 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. I dyed my hair and it’s not just vanity. Your validation is not that important to me.”