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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Um, Hello! Is Willow 'Getting The Party Started' Too Soon?
You read the title and so you already have a perception in your mind of what this post will be about, right? You are probably thinking that I am about to go 'in' on Willow. Or, you are probably wanting to tell me, "leave that child alone, she's cute!" Possibly, you may be one of the people that will agree with what I am about to say.
As a mother of an eight year old, trendy, beautiful, intelligent and talented girl, I'm exposed to the tween and teen shows, music, fashion trends and such. I'm also exposed, of course, to Willow Smith as my daughter Janae loves her! Being exposed to the things that she is exposed to allows me to know what I don't want her to watch/listen to, while also getting a feel of what media today is filtering to our 'impressionable' children.
Now, before I proceed further, I want to preface the remaining part of this blog by saying that I
like love Willow Smith. She is cute, trendy and making a name for herself. In fact, the enter Smith household is talented. However, is she doing too much, with regards to her style, for her age? (psst, she's 11 years old)
I won't sit here and bash her, Will or Jada; however, as a parent of a child that watches and may look up to her, I'm just curious as to what the conversations are like among Willow and her parents. Some people get defensive when you talk about kids and/or parenting techniques/skills. However, that doesn't and won't stop me from having my thoughts about Willow. Do they (her parents and maybe others) feel as though she's a 'celebrity,' and can do (or wear) whatever she wants? Are boundaries set on how far she can go? Have they considered the perception she is giving everyone? Is she turning into a mini-Nicki Minaj as far as style and over-the-top-ness goes? <---I made that word up.
Let's take a look at Willow's trendy journey...
First, she had some long braids...
and then she shaved the hair on each side of her head.
She's worn color in her hair and wore an array of styles (both hair and fashion).
After that, she went and rocked out with a TWA (naturals were cheering her on, meanwhile, my daughter said: Now, how will she whip her hair back and forth?!?). #giggling
Present day, she's rocking a low cut... dyed blonde!
Although again, I love this little 'Fireball' and I buy her music and videos for my daughter to listen and watch on her iPod Touch, I wonder if what she is doing is too much. Yes, my daughter is intelligent and cognizant of what is and is not acceptable in our household; however, I as a parent will have to continue to reinforce and reiterate certain things to her. She's already asked about dying her hair in the future and seeing Willow's hair dyed may not help with her desire to get it.
I am all for children expressing themselves, within reasonable limits, and showing their personality. However, certain things, in my humble opinion, may not necessarily be for a child at Willow's age.
This by far is no boycott or ban of the Smith's, this is more of a 'Yes, she's cute and all, but still monitor your child(ren)s intake of it all." As impressionable as kids can be, we still need to ensure that we are letting them know that what one parent or household allows, may not be what you and your household will allow. There's like a catch 22 when it comes to being a celebrity. They want to be themselves and show their personality; however, they risk losing fans by showing too much. You want them to be who they are; however, you also want them to know who's watching and looks up to them (cough, CB)... As a parent, I urge you to continue to watch who your child watches and have that open dialogue with them. Let them know that everything they see and hear will not always be what they can say and do!
As for Willow's style, I admit, I love it, for someone older though... I just feel that kids should be kids... I don't want any of them growing up 'too fast.'
Bonus pic: this is said to be Willow's "real hair" (as per a website I was reading).
~Keep it Kinky~
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