Even Willow Smith has insecurities like us.
We’ve been getting delightful bits of truth from the women of the Pinkett- Smith family: Jada, Willow, and grandma Adrienne Banfield-Jones, from their Red Table Talk Facebook show, and this time, they got real about body image issues.
Multitalented Willow, coming into her own in the ‘age of Instagram’ and share-only-the-good-parts-about-yourself generation, admitted she’s ‘struggled’ with the attention that boys give to curvier girls.
“I have struggled with curvier girls [who]have always gotten more attention from the boys that I’ve liked,” she said, before adding that those girls eventually ended dating the guys she liked.
“You start to wonder, ‘Dang, am I just not desirable? Like, is my body just like not what society likes?’ So it does just get really hard for a lot of girls.”
Jada assured Willow she’ll always be her own type of beautiful, to which the 17-year old replied, “But you always get on me for my underarm hair!”
The youngest Smith has been growing out her armpit hair for more than two years, declaring on Instagram,
“Why should I have to alter the natural state of my body to be seen as socially acceptable?”
To be honest, she’s actually adorable with her armpit hair, as evidenced in this video posted last year:
Willow isn’t alone in her journey navigating through body issues.
Jada recently revealed she’s been experiencing massive hair loss, calling it a “terrifying” ordeal.
“It was terrifying when it first started,” said the mother of two. “I was in the shower one day and then handfuls of hair, just in my hands and I was like, ‘OMG, am I going bald?’”
While there’s yet a diagnosis to what’s causing her hair loss, Jada added that spiritual perspective has helped to cope with what is happening.
“People have cancer, people have sick children,” she said. “I watch the higher power take things every day. And by golly, if the higher power wants to take your hair? That’s it? When I looked at it from that perspective, it did settle me. … Take the hair.”
Grandma Adrienne, 64, mother to Jada, added that beauty standards weren’t exempt upon older people either.
“[It] really becomes challenging as you become older, to try to not get obsessed with trying to stay young,” she said. “Because sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and I don’t like what I see. The worst part of my body for me, are my legs, my thighs. … People think it’s ridiculous, but I have mad cellulite and I hate it.”
Red Table Talk has been praised for its upfront topics, with the ones discussed so far included love, co-parenting, and grief.