Here’s young “Whip My Hair” ingenue Willow Smith with her mom Jada Pinkett Smith after yoga class in early November, in Malibu, CA (where else?) if not for any other reason than the joy of seeing a 12-year-old young lady participating in the healthy practice of yoga condoned by her yoga practicing parents. (Jada and Will have been spotted with their daughters in class before.)
Also, she’s cutest spitting image of Will Smith as a tween girl we’ve ever seen.
Right? Fresh Princess of Bel-Asana.
Yoga has been found to help teens tweens battle more common than we’d like to think coming of age issues like eating disorders and maybe even bullying. Amy Poehler knows it. Lady Gaga knows it. And yoga teachers ought to be more aware of it. The paparazzi are relentless rapscallions, but this is a somewhat reassuring sign for young Hollywood in the age of Lindsay Lohan, whom, we’ve noticed has been glaringly absent from yoga class.
Also it made us come across this, an empowering message from Willow’s mom Jada about criticism over her little girl’s haircut, via her facebook page:
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.
Go on, girls.
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