Look, 2020 will always be looked upon as a year of change, and while many of us would like to forget it all, for others, the transformations that 2020 brought weren’t all bad. For Willow Smith, it was a big year of really shifting from youth into adulthood, and the 20-year-old has that Savage x Fenty Show to thank. It was an experience that marked a major transition in her life — not to mention her first time wearing lingerie — and mom Jada Pinkett Smith was thrilled to share that moment with her.
We already know that Jada had a proud-mama moment over Willow’s role in the Rihanna fashion show, but now we’re getting more info about how Willow felt, and what a transformative moment it was for her. Mom, daughter, and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris reminisced about that special time on the most recent episode of Red Table Talk.
Initially, Willow admits, self-doubt crept in when she walked into a room of dancers who were “sweating and it’s super hot and heavy,” she says. “As soon as I got in there I was like ‘Oh God, maybe I can’t handle this. Maybe this is not my place.’”
But the young singer quickly realized that that was her “insecurity” playing mind tricks on her — and the magical, mind-changing moment came when she put on the Savage x Fenty lingerie and found it didn’t embarrass her, it empowered her. “I put on the clothes and I looked at myself and I said, ‘You’re gonna go out there and you’re gonna vibe it out,'” Willow says.
She shared that powerful moment with mom Jada by Facetiming the outfit she was going to wear — and Jada’s reaction was priceless: “‘YES! Let them have it, Willow,'” she recalls. Mom not only approved, she proudly posted a photo of Willow in her Fenty gear for everyone to see.
But that’s how the Smith family rolls; they stick together and support each other through every journey of growth. Willow thinks 2020 is her year of “becoming a woman” and she plans to “continue to get more confident” and “comfortable” in her own skin. And Mom is a big fan of that idea. “I’m just proud of the young woman you’re becoming,” she told Willow. Her baby is all grown up!
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