Jada Pinkett Smith must be really tired of y’all talking about her child’s scalp. Though I thought this was already settled, Jada wrote an open letter addressing whatever lingering criticism remains surrounding her and how she chooses to parent her daughter, Willow Smith. In the letter, Jada speaks to Willow’s choice of hairstyle as liberating — quite convincingly, I might add.
Published on her Facebook wall, Jada writes:
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.
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