Willow Smith Explains the Meaning of ‘Whip My Hair’

Since its release two and a half weeks ago, “Whip My Hair”—the runaway hit single by nine-year-old show-biz progeny Willow Smith—has become one of the most-analyzed songs in pop music history. Many have attempted to dissect the song’s deceptively simple lyrics and wondered, “What does it all mean?” Reflection on the existential plight of man? Tribute to the recently rescued Chilean mine workers? Or a mere paean to the simple joy of whipping one’s hair back and forth?

And now the pre-teen daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has finally broken her silence on the topic, revealing the true story behind the song to a grateful nation. As Willow tells MTV, the song is a heartfelt salute to the power of individuality:

“‘Whip My Hair’ means don’t be afraid to be yourself, and don’t let anybody tell you that that’s wrong. Because the best thing is you.”

Well said, Ms. Smith, well said. And while few of us will discover a creature of your magnificence when we finally scratch our own surfaces and peer inside, we’ll nonetheless be bettered by your example. So let’s all whip our hair back and forth in the hope that, by doing so, our true selves will somehow be jarred loose. 

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