What exactly does one do after unlocking the universe’s deepest, darkest mysteries? If you’re Willow Smith, you take a deep breath, channel your prana energy, create some stellar new tunes, and put yourself in the capable hands of Carine Roitfeld. In the upcoming issue of CR Fashion Book, the 14-year-old poses in a boho-inspired shoot and briefly discusses her next hair venture. “I just want to have dreads,” Smith says. “I want to embrace my full self, as natural as I can be.”
In the past, Smith has experimented with multiple hairstyles—she has had long, braided extensions, a pink buzzcut, a grey blunt bob/bang combo, and an asymmetric shaved head. “I think my look changes all of the time,” she says, “and right now it’s a bit more messy, kind of grungy.”
If Smith does adopt dreadlocks, it may help destigmatize the way some view the hairstyle. After Zendaya debuted her new ’locs at the Oscars, E! host Giuliana Rancic made some misguided comments that many—including her co-host Kelly Osbourne—viewed as racist. Zendaya responded with an intelligent, well-rounded statement. It’s refreshing to see two independent young women—both teenagers—embrace their culture in such a strong way. We’re looking forward to seeing how amazing Smith will look (and how cool it will be when she whips her hair back and forth).
Click through the gallery to see the entire shoot. Then, pick up CR Fashion Book when it hits newsstands March 5.