Hey Will, she still ain’t too grown to get her butt whooped. V Magazine just did a feature on Will’s 13-year-old lil princess Willow, accompanied by a Parisian photoshoot shot by none other than Karl Lagerfeld!
We raised our eyebrows a few times at some of the quotes, which we’ve included below:
As it turns out, seventh grade is “really hard,” says Willow. The reality of storing your books in a locker, finding your classes, and “being responsible for your own stuff” is new territory for someone accustomed to tutors. And then there’s all the schoolwork. However, she says, “I’m enjoying just being independent and doing my own thing.”
This past February, Willow officially dropped out of Annie, which her father, Will Smith, is producing alongside Jay Z, having decided that her heart wasn’t in it. “I just wanted to chill, and be at home, and decompress, and just find out what I wanna do and where I stand on this planet, with the little tiny place we have.”
“I just wanna do things that make me feel good and not stressed”—these are her rules. After being an active presence on Twitter, sharing her life philosophies and her crush on the literary misfit Holden Caulfield, she has stopped tweeting, preferring to sit in her garden with her Yorkie, Abby, and “meditate and get the energy from the flowers.” She doesn’t have a meditation practice per se, “I just chill and open my eyes and think, just relaxing and being silent. Because the world is so loud.”
One moment she’s a kid, talking about watching Daria after school, eating In-N-Out burgers, and rereading the Twilight series in bed at night, the next she’s discussing self-help books and how listening to the ’70s all-girl band The Runaways “just makes me feel so powerful, as a woman, just like, yes! I know who I am! Roarrr! Know what I mean?”
“I just feel like I want to do it different than the world’s ready for,” Willow says. “It’s like a pearl—I’m reading that book right now. You put a piece of sand in it, which is the imagination. You close it over a bunch of years, making it awesome, and then Bam! It comes open. And I’m it! I’m the pearl.”
Willow gets a lot of flack for being a rebellious oddball, but isn’t that kind of what being 13 is all about?
We just hope Will and Jada don’t let her get too caught up in that Hollyweird hoopla that she ends up hurting herself.
Do you think Willow needs a break from the spotlight?
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