Willow Smith reveals the truth behind shaving her head as a kid

Willow Smith became a superstar with the release of the hit single “Whip My Hair” in 2010. Willow, who was only 10 at the time, set a Guinness World Record for being the youngest artist to reach the Top 20 in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The famous daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith had become synonymous with her long locks but decided to stray from her signature look at the time following the song’s success.

In 2012, Willow made headlines when she announced on Twitter that she had completely shaved her head. The newly bald 12-year-old didn’t offer any explanation at the time and simply tweeted the photo. Years later, Will opened up about the incident and revealed that Willow made the decision without consulting anyone in her family. Now the ‘Meet Me At Our Spot’ singer is opening up to herself and revealing the reason behind her dramatic transformation.

Willow Smith says she does what she feels

A decade after Willow Smith shockingly shaved her head, the singer opens up about the decision, which she says wasn’t as complex as many thought. “As a black woman, there were many layers to my relationship with my hair and skin growing up; it was definitely a learning curve,” she told Glamor UK. Smith went on to explain that while shaving her head struck some as rebellious, she was simply expressing herself freely. “However I feel, I like doing it. I don’t really like to think about it. I love being free with it. I think sometimes just being myself is radical.”

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Smith elaborates further on her relationship to beauty standards, explaining that she is grateful for the black female representation that surrounded her as a child. The I Am Legend was sure to also call out to her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, who she said taught her “everything” about music and more.

The I Am Legend actress had another hair-raising moment in 2021 when she got her head shaved during the grand finale of her Facebook concert special, Willow in Concert: Lately I Feel Everything. Smith called the moment “special,” and she’s still rocking the stunning look to this day.