Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Is Willow Smith Too Young To be Famous?

Most over Justin Bieber. Sit down Miley Cyrus. The newest tween pop juggernaut has been crowned, and her name is Willow Smith.

The Internet is ablaze over the latest from Will and Jada Smith's progeny, following the music video release of her hit single "Whip My Hair." Willow released the unarguably catchy song a few months ago, and shortly thereafter was signed by Jay-Z to his Roc Nation record label. This week her single got an equally stylish and modern video (directed by Ray Kay, who also did Lady Gaga's first vid), and there's nary a blog or website that hasn't highlighted the young Smith's talent. She's garnering comparisons to Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Beyonce...all before her 10th birthday.

No doubt Willow was famous before she was whipping her hair. As the youngest child of Will and Jada, Willow has been gracing the red carpet since the womb (literally). There was her supporting role in dad's blockbuster film I Am Legend, and more recently her daring red carpet fashion choices. Who can forget that leopard outfit?

To be clear, there are no free meals in the Smith household -- all the kids collect their own checks. Eldest Trey is actually the "quietest" of the bunch, career-wise, having set aside flirtations with modeling and music. Next up is Jaden, who just had his first starring role in The Karate Kid and also has hip-hop aspirations. Now it's fashion-forward Willow's turn.

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