The actress and mom of two took to her Facebook page to address critics of her parenting style, particularly those who questioned why she âletâ her 12-year-old chop off her locks and sport a super-short style a few months ago.
âThis is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they donât belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination,â she writes.
Pinkett Smith, also mother to Jaden, 14, continues: âWillow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair.â
She also added that âeven little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their motherâs deepest insecurities, hopes and desires.â
And it sounds like she has husband Will Smithâs full support. âWhen you have a little girl, itâs like how can you teach her that youâre in control of her body?â the actor told Parade earlier this year.
âIf I teach her that Iâm in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, sheâs going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world.â
â Shakthi Jothianandan