Willow Smith, You're Cute. Now Go Back to the Playground.

Beauty & Style 10

Willow SmithOh, Willow.

Honey, you're pretty. You're talented.

YOU'RE TEN.

I really don't want to see a girl your age whipping her hair in music videos or modeling for Teen Vogue or attending multiple red carpet events and striking poses for the paparazzi.

Ten is a precious year.

It's the year for climbing trees, having sleepovers, playing with dolls, and reading books. Ten is the year to feel your understanding begin to grow and to let your imagination soar.

Ten is not the year to become a pop sensation. Or wear makeup. Or become addicted to your smartphone.

But it's not your fault that you're doing these things at ten.

It's the fault of your parents.

Jada and Will, I've loved both of you for years. Maybe that's why I'm so disappointed to see you allow your young daughter to be the pawn in what's obviously a multimillion-dollar publicity stunt.

Perhaps Willow really is destined to be a star. Couldn't you have shielded her from the spotlight at least until she was 15 or 16? Did it have to be ten?

As the mom of a 6-year-old, I'm already struggling to raise her in a society that's encouraging her to grow up too fast. I would think that you, as parents who both know the ugly side of show business, would have my back.

But no. Not only are you adding to the already grotesquely swollen ranks of child stars masquerading as adults, but lately, it seems like you've been parading her out at every single stinking opportunity. I'm seeing your daughter everywhere I look.

I can't help but think that you're going to look back on this time and feel deep sadness and regret about immersing your daughter in the business at such a tender age. Ten was one of the best years of my life. I played outside with my friends from dawn until dusk. I rode my bike. I collected dolls. I read great children's literature. I ate popsicles.

For a few really splendid years, I was a kid.

It's too bad Willow's own childhood has been cut short.

 

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jalaz77 jalaz77

Um what is she wearing??

meatb... meatball77

She's always fully covered up.  That's better than most kiddie stars.

night... night.magic

Ah lawd, my 18 yr old sees those horrendous shoes, she'll be wanting a pair like that. eww

Samantha Elizabeth DeHart

STILL, WHAT IS SHE WEARING? LMAO, I agree! Seems like she is competing w/Gaga -Rhianna and Perry they're adults she is a CHILD, this is sooooo wrong! BUT WHY WOULD WILL KNOW ANY BETTER? This was done to his as a child and they are ONLY DOING WHAT THEY KNOW?! -But I agree, I too am so sick of seeing her EVERYWHERE at 10 it was the best time of my life too! ♥

Marsh... MarshaCWP

I've been surprised to see Willow out so much.  I always thought Will and Jada were some of the more level-headed people in Hollywood.  Guess I was wrong.

nonmember avatar PollyS

I too really hate that these girls are growing up so fast. My daughter is 4 and LOVES her some princesses and dress up and silliness. I'm perfectly fine with it. As a matter of fact, I encourage it. My step daughter on the other hand is so full of herself and trying to be grown that she is missing a vital part of her childhood. When I try to ( sadly, not so gently, sometimes) guide her in another direction, she becomes stiff necked and says that all her friends are doing it, why can't she? Well at her mother's house, that's fine. Here young ladies/gentlemen act like YOUNG ladies and gentleman. Not grown ups. That is not to say we don't teach responsibility, but we try to do it in an age appropriate way.
Will and Jada, this ain't the way to do it.

nonmember avatar KristyC

Will, Jada - talk to Billy Ray. Learn from his (massive) mistakes. Please.

mandy... mandyhornbuckle

WTF? She's 10? I've only heard her song (and never made it through the thing without turning it off - so annoying.) Amen to this - what are they thinking?

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