Willow Smith Does ‘Teen Vogue’ Magazine

"You can pick how famous you want to be ..."

Last month little popstar Willow Smith was featured in the pages of Vanity Fair magazine. This month, she is featured in the pages of Teen Vogue. In a new interview with the mag, Willow talks about her plans for a professional career in music … she explains why she does NOT have a crush on Justin Bieber … and reveals that she takes some of her fashion cues from Billy Idol.

Asked if she can relate to most ten-year-olds, Willow Smith doesn’t miss a beat. “Of course—I am one!” she says, stopping just short of letting out a giant “duh.” But it’s not exactly the stupidest query in the world, since, at least on the outside, Willow has the kind of life most fifth graders don’t: movie-star parents (Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith), a famous big brother who’s BFFs with Justin Bieber (The Karate Kid star Jaden), a film career of her own (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and I Am Legend), and, of course, one megahit song. Unless you don’t have a radio, TV, or Internet connection, you’ve probably heard the übercatchy “Whip My Hair,” which, since its release this fall, has scored more than 34 million hits on YouTube and a number eleven slot on the Billboard Hot 100—a milestone no other ten-year-old has reached. Willow, who joins Justin on his European tour this month, admits that even she’s still getting used to it all. “When I first put ['Whip My Hair'] out, everyone was like, ‘Willow, Willow, I love your song!’ And I was like, ‘Really?’” recalls the singer … While pop stars double her age (and size) have opted for no pants and lots of cleavage, she’s cultivated a unique look that consists of outrageous updos (she rocks a particularly memorable heart-shaped bouffant in the “Whip My Hair” video) and baggy neon streetwear. “I wear anything I feel like,” says the singer, who masterminds her outfits with a team of fashion stylists and hairdressers that she refers to as “my crew.” “If I want to put on a pair of Converse with a pencil stuck through them, I will.” She’s also developed an interest in fancier attire, attending the Dolce & Gabbana spring show with her mom. “Their designs are really cool,” she says. She counts Billy Idol among her style icons, but if her getups bear any resemblance to her dad’s wacky clothes from his Fresh Prince days, it’s purely a coincidence: “I’ve never even heard that before,” she says … “It’s pretty much a regular family,” Willow says. “At dinner we talk about ‘What did you do today? What did you wear today?’ Not anything about work.” And even though she notes that her favorite song of her dad’s is “Parents Just Don’t Understand” (“because sometimes they don’t”), Willow says her relationship with her parents, for the most part, is smooth sailing. “They aren’t strict. They won’t be like, ‘Willow, clean up your room!’ They’ll be like, ‘Willow, will you please clean up your room?’ And I’ll be like, ‘OK,’ and do it.” She also maintains she has a solid friendship with her future tour mate. “Justin’s like my big brother. I don’t have a crush on him,” she says … In the end, she says, these past few months have been worth it. Although she’s aware fame has its drawbacks (“I have no privacy . . . even when I’m skating”), she doesn’t seem deterred. “You can pick how famous you want to be,” she says. “If you don’t work hard, then you aren’t going to have the success that you want. But if you work hard and dig in, then you are going to have the success that you want.”
Does that mean Willow wants to be the next Lady Gaga? “Oh yes.”

LOL! I just love this little kid. She is smart, no question, and I honestly believe she has the potential to be a big pop star … if she wants it. One thing’s for sure, hard work or not, Willow has the world at her feet no matter what she wants to do. My guess is that she will actually do things right, put in the hard work and be a major success. Here is some behind the scenes video footage of Willow on the set of her Teen Vogue photoshoot:


She is SO cute!! She’s already Little Miss Fierce … and she’s only got one song out! Big things … we’ll be seeing big things from Willow Smith … I just know it.

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  1. Ama

    She’s very adorable and seems to have a good grasp on reality C:

    I’m sure she will go far-if she wants to. I also think that her parents will not pressure her to be recognized, if she decides she no longer wants to do it(music or acting).

    • Lamarr

      My cousin said he wants to be babies daddy and name the boy (willon)
      And name the girl (tyaee) His name is tyrease

  2. shes adorable, and seems to have a good outlook for a 10 year old. and she seems to be handling the interviews better. which will get alot of people off her back about being ‘uneducated’. (cause god forbid a 10 yr old was nervous during an interview)

  3. A 9 year old who knows about Billy Idol, oh please. Her mother is living her failed career through her daughter. Remember when Jada tried to be a rock star?

    • Ama

      I knew of(and loved) the Ramones and The Clash when I was eight years old. Amazingly enough- children can like older music. It depends on what their family members listen to, they can be exposed to and come to like older musicians/bands.

    • x10 Agreed!

      When my son was four his fav music was Aerosmith. Called Steven Tyler the yeah, yeah yeahhhhh man. LOL

      He’s now 22 and we still share music— our iPods are 80% the same in terms of what music’s on them.

      Swings both ways– being exposed/open to all music results in youngsters appreciating ‘older’ music and oldsters like myself, appreciating today’s music.

    • Kat

      I agree with Ama. It is very possible for her to like Billy Idol. My 7 year old sister is in love with Michael Jackson & Queen, because I always listen to it around her.

    • ella

      it’s called the internet. kids have wayyy more access to info than ever before and as a result they have a way broader knowledge of pop culture.

      and obviously a kid whose parents are both musicians is going to know a lot about music. i can remember my sister and i listening to my mom’s vinyl copy of Thriller when i was 5. does that make my mom a crazed stage parent? clearly no.

    • sallygirl2066

      hey im 12 and i know about billy idol i know all of his songs im a huge fan i plan to see him in concert this year i hope remember think before you talk there are kids who know about stuff like that i love the sex pistols their awesome just saying

    • raven

      quit beging mean to dixz gurl she only 10 years old keep it up willow

  4. Vicky

    She looks so much like Will in these photos!

  5. Ria

    Aw, I absolutely love her, but I definitely think she’s young for this. I’d say wait a couple more years.

  6. lo

    granted, she’s a 10 year old doing an interview, but she has to recognize that it doesn’t matter how badly some people want to be famous, they just can’t. i’m sure it seemed like an option to her because she would have record and movie producers available whenever she decided she wanted to pursue this type of career, but most people don’t have a chance. this neo-liberalist message is wrong: you can’t have whatever you want just because you want it bad enough and are willing to work towards it.

    • ella

      omg, she’s 10. i know you acknowledged that, but i think if you were fully taking it into account you wouldn’t have said she should recognize that she’s wrong here. i hate neo-liberalism as much as anyone could, but come on.

      when you’re a kid, your parents always tell you “if you work hard, you can be anything,” right? people tell their kids that they can be president of the US or astronauts or brain surgeons etc etc to encourage them and make them believe in themselves and in hard work. she’s just repeating that message. when she’s older, i’m sure she’ll have more self-awareness, but you can’t expect a 10 year old to recognize and understand how the world works.

  7. ella

    i have to say, it’s really nice to see a black celebrity wearing natural hairstyles (i.e. not chemically straightening their hair or wearing a weave). i think it’ll do wonders for the self-esteem of young black girls.

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