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