- The New York Times Style Magazine Interview
We know her most famous song is "Whip Your Hair", which was released back in 2010. The song was so popular and catchy that it even garnered some memes during that time. What we don't know is that after the Whip Your Hair phase, Willow continued to create music but this is drastically different from the pop Willow back in 2010. Her Soundcloud could almost be classified as experimental. It's mellow, it's bass-y, it's electronic, it's freaking great. The music is something you'd listen to when you're on a certain high, which is what I think defines Willow. She's on a different level of something that you can't explain. But whatever that is, it's just fantastic.
There was an article that drifted around the Internet for a short while, talking about how Jaden and Willow Smith were spouting out words that normal teenagers wouldn't usually say. What they say is mind-boggling. It creates fresh nosebleeds if read for the very first time. And that's what makes Willow Smith so special among the Hollywood teens of today. This girl is 14 years old, a Millennial, who understands more about art and the universe than most adults do.
"I mean, 'Whip My Hair' was a great thing. When I look back I think,
“Wow, I did so much for young black girls and girls around the world.
Telling them that they can be themselves and to not be afraid to be themselves.” And I’m doing that now
but in a whole different way, coming from source energy and universal truths.
People will be, like, 'Oh, I’m not going to make a song about exactly how I feel,
all the bad ways that I feel, and put it out in the world so everyone can judge me.' But for me,
it’s a part of me, it’s my artistic journey."
Her words are not pretentious, they're intelligent. She knows what she's saying and isn't afraid to say it and let media twist and turn it. She's a daughter of two celebrities and has lived a celebrity life since birth. Being so submerged in media would technically give someone an understanding on how people work. So yes, she isn't pretentious. She's pretty goddamn mature.
A POSSIBLE FEMINIST
Willow Smith is an inspiration. She is a perfect role model as someone who is totally free from social norms and expectations. She shows that we can too be free.
- Anna Cayco
illustration by Reign Gonzales
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