Willow Smith has released her video for “The ’21st Century Girl,” if just to prove she’s no novelty act. Her first song, “Whip My Hair,” debuted last fall. But really are the lyrics of her new tune age-appropriate for a 10-year-old?
What would, or should, daddy and momma Will and Jada Pinkett Smith say when you pre-teen daughter sings:
“Gimme an inch, I promise I’ll take a mile
Danger is beauty, I’ll face it with a smile
I’m on a mission with no restrictions
Don’t second guess myself, I’m born to be wild.”
Those are the opening lyrics to the song her latest since signing with Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation.
Willow, 10, joins a list of sexualized pre-teens who are the off-spring of celebrities. They include Kim Kardashian sister Kendal Jenner, 13, Miley Cyrus’s sister, Noah Cyrus, 9, who introduced a line of risqué children’s lingerie and Dakota Fanning’s sister, Elle Fanning, who is 12.
Perhaps, the most over-sexualized pre-teen of all is Surie Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who is already wearing high heels at the age of 5. But that’s another story.
Willow’s video, which has exceptionally high production value, opens with a what appears to be an old African sangomas conjuring a spell.
After saying an incantation over some bones, beads and jewelry, the ground trembles, a small sinkhole forms and up rises Willow in a traditional African dress.
She picks up a handful of sand, which seems to boil in her hand, until a butterfly appears.
Willow breaks out in dance after that, runs with wolves and pulls an entire city out of the sand, a true 21 Century Girl.
Willow was named outstanding new musical artist at the NAACP Image Awards along with such luminaries as Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Usher and Fantasia.