‘Am I just not desirable?’ Willow Smith, 17, admits she’s jealous of the attention curvy girls get from boys as she opens up about insecurities to her mother and grandmother in new web series4 min read
Willow Smith, 17, has revealed her struggle with body image, revealing she used to be jealous of curvier girls.
Appearing in the latest installment of Red Table Talk a 10-episode Facebook Watch series hosted by the teen, her mom Jada Pinkett Smith, 46, and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, 64, Willow opened up about her insecurities.
‘I have struggled with curvier girls [who] have always gotten more attention from the boys that I’ve liked,’ she admitted. ‘And [who] have ended up dating the boys I’ve liked.’
‘You start to wonder, ‘Dang, am I just not desirable? Like, is my body just like not what society likes?’ So it does just get really hard for a lot of girls,’ she added.
In the third episode of the series, the three generations also discussed the idea of beauty in the age of Instagram, and while Willow shared her battle with body positivity, she defiantly stood by her decision to grow out her body hair.
The teen has been growing her armpit hair since 2016, writing on Instagram, ‘Why should I have to alter the natural state of my body to be seen as socially acceptable?’
And in 2017, the singer posted an Instagram video featuring her shooting a bow and arrow while revealing her underarm hair.
‘It takes too much time,’ she told her mom and grandmother. ‘I just want to get in the shower and get out….’
And when her grandmother told her she didn’t understand it, Willow replied: ‘I’m going to be like my ancestors and just do what I need to do.’
She also detailed how her father Will Smith has helped her embrace her natural physique by recounting a conversation she had with him where he told her he was happy she wasn’t curvy ‘because guys will look at your brain more if you’re not curvier,’ a statement the teen said, ‘solidified all my experiences.’
In the episode, Jada also shared her own battle with hair loss and revealed that she believes it’s stress-related.
‘It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear,’ she said describing the day that her hair started to fall out in clumps in the shower.
‘That’s why I cut my hair and continued to cut it,’ she added.
And Grandma Banfield-Jones also discussed her insecurities and shared that as she’s got older, her body image has disimproved.
‘For older women, youth is everything… so it really becomes challenging as you become older, to try to not get obsessed with trying to stay young,’ she said.
‘Because sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and I don’t like what I see. The worst part of my body, for me, are my legs, my thighs… People think it’s ridiculous, but I have mad cellulite and I hate it.’
And she also admitted that she often feels ‘fat’.
‘In my mind, I feel fat. I know that that’s not true… but I certainly am bigger than I used to be.’
This isn’t the first time Willow has made personal revelations about her battle with body image.
In the second episode of the series Willow shocked her mother grandmother by revealing Monday that she used to self-harm.
‘What? When were you cutting yourself? I didn’t see that part. Cutting yourself where?’ Jada asked her daughter.
‘It was after that whole Whip My Hair thing [in 2010] and I had just stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of just in this gray area of, “Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?”‘ the Malibu-born socialite recalled.
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