After receiving tons of hate and criticism of her daughter, Willow Jada finally spoke out in defense of Willow experimenting with her look and explained that she is letting her baby girl claim her domain. On her facebook page she wrote:
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.
I love Jada for handling her and Willow’s haters like this when I’m sure she would much rather prefer to go upside their heads. I, personally admire little Willow for being bold enough to be herself in spite of the backlash and scrutiny that she so heavily receives. I recently have been feeling really insecure when it comes to my hair. It might just be ‘that time of the month’, or the fact that I’m going through a bit of an awkward phase in terms of my length right now, but I am realizing just how much of security blanket my hair really is. I wish I could just cut it and not care what anyone would think or if I would still be attractive to folks but at this point I honestly can’t. I don’t have the heart just yet to do me. I’m too concerned with how folks will react and too filled with insecurity, that I know at this point… it’s never going to happen. SMH. It’s such a two fold you know? This whole ‘natural hair uprising” has been revolutionizing in a way but it has also made some of us obsessed with getting ‘the perfect curl’, ‘the perfect cut’ and ‘the perfect volume’. Anyone else feeling this way? I don’t know, maybe I’m emotional and trippin. Maybe I should just cut it off and document that transition and journey or maybe I should just sit down somewhere and stop being so dramatic?
More to come but in the meantime just know that my curls looks drunk, uneven and flat. It’s pissing me off. And that I think Willow Smith is the ish. That is all.