At age 11 most children, key word here being children, are enjoying their last year of elementary school, begging to get their ears pierced and counting down the days until they are out of school and can play outside all summer long.
Not Willow Smith. The 11 year-old debuted a picture of herself and a friend via Instagram today, with her tongue pierced!
The young star is known for her eclectic style and ever changing hair length and colors, but piercings are a whole new level. Some followers quickly criticized while others questioned the authenticity of the picture.
Read on to find out the truth behind this explosive underage piercing debate!
Willow Smith did not in fact get her tongue pierced. It is a magnetic piercing that the bite-sized star managed to trick all of us with! I don’t blame her, creating hysteria over a piercing via one picture you post on the internet seems pretty entertaining. She posted to her Instagram account “It’s fake… sorry.”
The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith is an actress and singer, best known for hit single “Whip My Hair”. Her parents obviously allow her some creative freedoms when it comes to her image and are very open about letting their daughter explore who she wants to be, and under California law they would have had to authorize the piercing.
Will interviewed with Parade and had some valuable insights on parenting.
“When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body? If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world,” her father explained.
I have to say, he has a good point.
“She can’t cut my hair but that’s her hair. She has to have command of her body, so when she goes out into the world, she’s going out with a command that is hers. She is used to making those decisions herself. We try to keep giving them those decisions until they can hold the full weight of their lives,” Will said.
So I guess we can’t rule out a tongue piercing in the future! But for right now, this is a case of a little girl having some fun experimenting with some magnetic piercings and making us all look like over-reacting fools. Nice one, Willow! Can’t wait to see what this wild child does next.