Willow Smith Denies Her Famous Parents Are The Reason For Her Success

by Grace Somes
Willow Smith || Image credit: @willowsmith

Williow Smith has shut down misconceptions about her career, declaring that her parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, have no influence on her success

 Willow Smith shared her thoughts on the ‘nepo baby’ label that is often associated with her. She believes her success is not defined by her family’s fame but by her unique journey and hard work.

Like other well-known ‘nepo’ babies like Hailey Bieber, Maya Hawke, and Kaia Gerber, Willow Smith has been in the public eye since she was a young child, the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Willow’s breakthrough single, “Whip My Hair,” released at nine, introduced her to the world as a musician and creative.

Smith talked about her experience of trusting herself, finding her voice and space in music, and the significance of her hard work while appearing on the cover of the most recent issue of Allure magazine. 

The 23-year-old singer of “Meet Me At Our Spot” acknowledged experiencing “insecurity” in response to inquiries about her professional background.

“I definitely think that a little bit of insecurity has driven me harder because people think that the only reason I’m successful is because of my parents,” she told the outlet.

“That has driven me to work hard to prove them wrong,” she continued. “But nowadays, I don’t need to prove s*** to anybody.”


Willow Smith also spoke about how people have treated her because her parents are celebrities

“There have been some experiences where I went into a place that I have worked in the past, and my picture could even be up on the wall, and they treat me like: ‘This is a little bit out of your price range’ or ‘You don’t really belong here,'” she added.

With the release of her most recent album, Empathogen, on May 3rd, Willow’s development as a musician and a person is evident to the world.

Willow continued talking about the liberation her mother had given her like the day she let her shave her head at twelve.

“My mother allowed me to do that because she strongly believed that being able to express myself in that way was very important. And I completely agree with her because it helped me figure out who I am.

“Being Black in America, even with privilege, which I’m never going to deny that I have, you’re still Black. And I love being Black.”

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