Hollywood couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are raising their kids a little left of center, and they don’t really use traditional parental teachings as either a barometer or a guide.
It’s not only evident in the many interviews they’ve done, where they said they want their kids to find their own way, you can also tell by some of the clothes they allow them to wear, like when they let their daughter Willow Smith sport a tongue ring at just 11 years old.
However, it was later revealed by Willow herself that the tongue ring was a fake.
But still, it does show that Smith and Pinkett are willing to let their children express themselves, even if their choices don’t fall within societal conventions.
And it’s that kind of freedom of choice that has made Willow Smith a fashion icon of sorts, at least among the younger ones, because she does a wonderful job of dressing her age, but she also splashes in her own style, that’s a mixture of hippy-chic and futuristic downtown cool.
Willow has been getting a lot of attention on the Internet for posting photos of herself wearing a pair of turquoise and navy blue tie-dye pants, long bohemian braids, and cute accessories, like a 90s inspired throwback choker.
And her brother Jaden Smith kind of has the guy version of Willow’s style, fusing skateboard and hip-hop fashions together, with a little bit of a grunge rock look thrown in for good measure.
In a 2013 interview Will said he’s raising his kids much differently than his parents raised him, because like most of us, he was raised to speak when he was spoken to, and never question what his parents told him. But he doesn’t want the same kind of relationship with his own kids, he said.
Will even considered letting Jaden get his own place, despite only being 15 years old.
“He says, ‘Dad I want to be emancipated,'” said Will. “I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place.”
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