“Don’t let haters get me off my grind / Whip my hair, if I know I’ll be fine.”
As the boss woman she is, Willow Smith, the daughter of Will Smith, isn’t afraid to make a statement.
The singer shaved her head on stage while performing her hit song, “Whip My Hair.” It’s quite the ironic move, seeing as she can no longer “whip my hair back and forth.”
Her song “Whip My Hair” means a lot to Willow Smith. It was her debut single back in 2010 that launched her pop-punk career. Now, she’s a two-time Emmy Award nominee at only 20 years old.
Willow Smith Shaves Head On Stage
For Smith, shaving her head signals new periods of her life and her constant growth as a person and an artist.
“I’m thinking about shaving my head during the ‘Whip My Hair’ performance. This is gonna be my third time in my life shaving my head. I’m always shaving my head at monumental times in my life, when things are really changing. And this is definitely one of those moments,” Willow Smith said in a behind-the-scenes clip of her Facebook Live event, “Willow in Concert: Lately I Feel Everything.”
The moment on stage was powerful and a symbol of exactly what Willow offers as an artist. She is promoting and celebrating the release of her newest album, “Lately I Feel Everything,” which came out on Friday, July 16.
The Signifigance Of Smith Going Bald
As for shaving her head, Willow Smith has quite a bit of experience with the vulnerability that comes from shaving your head in front of others. In March, she spent 24 full hours in a glass room as part of a performance art piece at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. While inside, she shaved her head.
Her first time shaving her head came when she was 11 back in 2012. She told People it was an act of defiance. As she put it, “the perfect way to rebel” at a difficult time in her life. Willow Smith has put a lot of work into setting herself apart from others. Given that Will Smith, an A-list Hollywood actor is her father, Willow had a lot of work to do in that regard.
“I was super young, and I had a dream, but all I really wanted to do was sing and I didn’t equate that with all the business and the stress that ended up coming with it. I was just like, ‘Whoa, this is not the life that I want,'” she said. The singer also opened up about her struggles with self-harm and her journey to learning that “my body is a temple.”
Now, being bald is a growing family trait. Willow convinced her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, to embrace the beauty of baldness. She shared the look on Instagram with the caption, “Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT … my 50’s are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed.”