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Willow Smith opens up about ‘radical’ move to shave off her hair

Willow Smith looks back on past hair changes.


in an interview with glamor uk The two-time Emmy nominee recalled first shaving her head two years after the release of her 2010 debut single, “Whip My Hair.”


Discussing her choice when she was 11, Smith, 21, told the outlet, “I like to see glare, light bounce on my scalp.


“Shaving my head might be the most radical thing I’ve done in the name of beauty,” she added.


Willow Smith.
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In a conversation with the magazine, Smith said, “As a black woman, there have been many layers to my relationship with growing hair and skin,” which has served as her “learning curve.”


“but, I Feeling, I like to do it. I don’t want to think about it too much,” she said of her styling preferences. Sometimes I think being me is radical. ”


“I had to respect other beautiful Black women,” she explained. I think was the most important [influence] for me as a child. ”


Last July, Smith shaved his head onstage during a pop punk performance of his single “Whip My Hair.”It marked the climax of her Facebook Live event Willow In Concert: Lately I’m Feeling Everythingto promote the release of her fourth studio album.


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She previously shaved her head in March 2020 and spent 24 hours in a glass room as part of a performance art installation at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


“I feel like I was throwing away a lot of history and emotional baggage,” Smith later explained in the following episode. red table talk“I’ve let go of six, seven, years of emotions.”


After shaving his head for the first time in 2012, Smith told PEOPLE in June 2019, “It was the perfect way to rebel.”


“I was very young and had dreams, but all I really wanted to do was sing. I didn’t equate it with all the business and the stress that went with it,” Smith said of her sudden added about the fame of… at a young age. “I was like, ‘Whoa, this isn’t the life I want.'”


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last year, I Am Legend The actress also convinced her mother, Jada Pinkett-Smith, that baldness is beautiful. “It’s time to let go so Willow let me do it… but my fifties are a match divinely lit in this shack,” Jada, 50, wrote in a caption at the time.


“Gifts are pure when they are given from the heart at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, and do not expect anything in return,” Willow added on Instagram.

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