Willow Smith says dad Will is 'so happy' she isn't 'curvy' because he wants men to focus on her 'brain'
If you want to feel old, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air went off the air over twenty years ago. Now Will Smith has been married twice, and has three kids: Trey, 25, Jaden, 19, and Willow, 17. Time flies! They're all about the same age as Will when he made his 1988 rap hit, "Parents Just Don't Understand." I keep hoping one day he'll make a sequel called "Kids Just Don't Understand," but it sadly hasn't happened yet.
All the Smiths work in entertainment in some way, acting, singing or hosting talk shows on the Internet. On their Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett-Smith, her daughter Willow, and her grandmother, Adrienne, have candid discussions with family and friends. On a recent episode, the three generations of women discussed body insecurities.
Willow said she was insecure about being skinny, and sometimes wished she had a curvy body like other girls. Jada and Adrienne pointed out that everyone is unhappy about something, when it comes to their bodyies Then Willow recalled a conversation with her father, Will. "He was so happy that, you know, I wasn't curvy, because guys look at girls," said the 17-year-old. She explained that Will "was like, 'Guys will look at your brain more if you're not curvier,' and that kind of just solidified all of my experiences."
"But you know," replied Adrienne, "it's just so funny that you would be dissa- because there are so many people who would die for that body." As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. Curvy girls wish they were skinny and skinny girls wish they were curvy. Later on, this led to an interesting discussion between the three ladies:
"I hear, you know, my friends that are curvy," said Willow. "They are telling me: "It's so great that you can just, like, wear some shorts and a tank top and not feel, like, overexposed or feel like people are looking at you differently or feel like...."
"People are looking at you in a sexual manner," finished Jada.
"Exactly," said Willow. "Even more than they usually would, you know? Everyone wants what they don't have."
"I don't know if that'll ever change, though," reflected Jada. "I really don't. I don't know if that'll ever change."
"I don't think it will. It's always been like that," agreed Adrienne.
As the video goes on, Willow and Jada bond over being scrawny. They both reveal that they when they were younger, they used to wear "two pairs of those thick socks" to make their "legs look fatter." Jada remembers her mom, Adrienne objecting, saying, "Jada, you have beautiful legs!" And now now she's the one telling her daughter, "Willow, you have beautiful legs!" The circle of life - and insecurities - goes on!
Well, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. It's difficult to get past your perceived flaws, but maybe you'll feel better if you realize you're not alone. Also, there's probably somebody out there who's jealous of you.