Jada Pinkett Smith arrived at LAX airport yesterday evening with her daughter Willow and son Jaden in tow. The trio were on their way to Hawaii where they will be spending the Thanksgiving holidays and living it up on the beach.
Meanwhile, Jada must have come to her wits’ end when it comes to dealing with all of the criticism surrounding her daughter’s hair. Today, she posted a letter on her facebook, explaining exactly why she allows Willow to express herself through her clothes and hair while alluding to posting even more thoughts on the topic in the days to come. She wrote:
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.