Willow Smith Is Just Being 13


Willow Smith is in the new issue of V magazine (V87, if you're the numbers type, or the one with Kate Upton on the cover, if you're everyone else), talking about chilling out a bit on the business end and just enjoying being a normal 13-year-old girl. Who gets photographed by Karl Lagerfeld and styled in Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and Chanel by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. From the interview, Willow seems like a pretty smart young lady, so we don't think the irony of that last sentence is lost on her. Our thoughts on the spread:

-She has quite the affinity for Givenchy Double Cone Shark Earrings. They're magnetic, so perhaps young Willow is afraid of needles? No shame in that—our community editor, Lacey, didn't get her ears pierced until last week.

-When Karl Lagerfeld and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele ask you to bring pieces from your own wardrobe to a shoot (this is in the article), you must have an insane, amazing closet. Hence, Willow has an insane, amazing closet.

-The kooky over-accessorizing could very well be the work of Carlyne Cerf, but we did see Willow in Soho a few months ago with a vintage Furby backpack and stacks of neon bracelets on both wrists. So, there's that.

-Not even modeling in a photo shoot in Paris is reason to tear a 13-year-old girl away from her iPhone.

-If you have a (very) young woman in your life who's experimenting with makeup, show her Willow's cat eye. The sheerness of the liner paired with a clean face makes it feel very age-appropriate, no?

-On that note, we guess the most age-appropriate way to do exposed underwear is with high-waisted boy briefs and baggy jeans?

-Will undercuts be the new over-plucked brows of regrettable teenage beauty trends? (Although, Willow's mom is Jada Pinkett Smith.)

-Who is that other child? It's Skylar Downs, Willow's cousin, who gets to call Will Smith "Uncle Will."

-Willow hates when Skylar calls "shotgun!" first.

Willow Smith photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for V Magazine Issue 87. Hair by Mehdi R'Guiba, makeup by Tom Pecheux, and nails by Virginie Rimet.

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  • mlle p

    Maybe I will sound like some granny, and I think Willow is a cute girl, but I feel she's looking far too jaded and adult here for age 13. If it's the stylist's idea then maybe one of her parents should have said that she looks more like 23 with those outfits.

    • TwiggyB

      I agree!

    • Sarah

      I agree! Oh, my...please let the kids be kids.

  • http://caryrandolph.tumblr.com caryrandolph

    I did NOT look that fierce/composed/not awkward at 13, and I can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

  • Nenuphare24

    Love it. I had the same body type at her age and was too busy being called anorexic and feeling awkward and homely so this spread is a little melancholic for me (in that it brings back sad memories but I'm also oddly proud at how awesome she looks). She looks adorable and quirky and fun and like the Willow I "know" - a little mature for her age but obviously not taking herself too seriously. Also, love the sheer cat-eye!

  • Nenuphare24

    Well to be fair, most 13 year olds *want* to project an image of the angsty, serious, overly dramatic adult lol. I know very few pre-teens who are just begging to be treated like kids. I think all the handwringing over what young girls look like for the most part is just adults projecting on to them in some way. Maybe it's because I'm still relatively young but I always wondered exactly at what age adults completely forget what it's like to be kids because there seems to be a disconnect sometimes. Of course it all depends on what year one grew up, where they lived, who they were surrounded by etc.
    TL;DR - I don't think she looks too grown up. I think she looks exactly like what a typical urban 13 year old would look like if she was allowed 100% independence in what she chose to wear and how she chose to present herself (and was confident to boot).

    • Nina

      But I think that's the problem.... that 13 year old girls (and boys) want to look like an adult. Why not look like a teenager a little longer? With a smiling face, some color, and not needing to look so "cool". I do hear you, though, I am certainly projecting. I guess it comes from regret. I remember so wanting to be a grown up that I dressed like one and tried to act like one when I really should have just enjoyed being a silly teenager while I had the chance. I think most adults do remember being a kid, we just want to help them protect and preserve what they have at the time they're experiencing it. It's a precious time that goes by too quickly, it should be rejoiced by those that are experiencing it.

      You're right, she's actually dressed for her age, I think it's more the attitude in the photos that I'm responding to. I do like that the clothes are modest. That's a huge plus! Thank you for your reply to me!

      • Nenuphare24

        You're welcome! And I think you're right that that projecting or over-protectiveness adults feel towards teens does come from a place of regret and, well, over-protectiveness lol. But you know how teens are - they think they know and can handle everything!

  • Zainab

    If more kids were allowed to express themselves, with support from their parent, the world would be a much less messed up place. Go Willow!

  • Kerry Lee

    i think this is great, at the end of the day it's just a shoot - but heck, i wish i had something, or maybe just one thing, in my closet that made me look that good when i was 13......but again my mom's not Jada Pinkett Smith *jealous*


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