At 14, she is already a phenomenon of some sort. American singer, Willow Smith is on the dual cover of the new issue of i-D magazine which has been dubbed: The Coming Of Age Issue Pre-Fall 2015.
Inside the issue, the daughter of American movie stars, Will and Jada Smith talks about various issues which at first seem above her age but which she surprisingly handles with so much maturity.
On what she thinks about her generation, she had this to say:
I feel that right now what our generation needs is to do the art that’s in our hearts. Do it to the fullest and try to help other people find out that thing that makes them happy. The more people that are doing what’s in their hearts, the more that heart vibration is going to start spreading around the world, and the more people will start thinking, “Wow, maybe McDonalds isn’t what I should be eating, maybe the way they’re teaching me in school is depressing me, maybe I should be climbing trees and meditating more than I should be listening to my teachers telling me that everything I’m doing is wrong.” So it’s taking those little steps towards awareness.
On the hardest part of growing up, Willow says:
Making mistakes. I’m the kind of person who hates making mistakes, it’s my pet peeve, but I do it very often, so that’s very hard, especially when you’re young and trying to learn things. You have to make mistakes in order to realise what you want and what you don’t want for your life – and for everyone that’s completely different.
Here’s what Willow’s version of the world will look like:
The whole world would be one big tribe, one big commune. It wouldn’t be split up and divided, we wouldn’t be fighting nearly as much, we wouldn’t be using unnecessary sources of power. We’d be using free energy, we’d be eating from the trees, we’d be drinking from the natural stream. There wouldn’t be traffic, and diapers and pollution in our rivers. It would all just be transcending into another dimension [laughs].
On sex trafficking:
They’re very real issues. Nobody really thinks that human trafficking exists in the US, but it exists everywhere and it’s happening every day. That’s why I’m so saddened when the media is degrading women. This is happening to us; we’re suppressed enough, us women, we need to come together and we need to be together. We shouldn’t be demeaning each other. That’s one thing that makes me so sad.
We can’t ignore the crisp photos from this issue, here they are:
Photo Credit: i-d.vice.com
Text: Hattie Collins
Photography: Tyrone Lebon
Styling: Julia Sarr-Jamois