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.