Instant Follow Friday: Willow Smith Is Only 15-Years-Old and Already Cooler than You
Smith whipped her hair back and forth when she was 9-years-old in 2010 and we’ve been paying attention ever since. And not just because she and her brother, Jaden, are Controversial Young People (ahem, that New York Times T Magazine interview), invariably because they’ve grown up as products of A-list Hollywood. Regardless of what you think about the Smith children (and the elder Smith power couple, too), Willow has some serious music talent.
She surprise-released her debut album (under just her first name, Willow), Ardipithecus, back in December to much critical acclaim, mixed in with negative reviews too. Regardless, on the 15-track record, Smith is credited as sole songwriter on all but one track, and sole producer on 10 of them.
On the album title, she explained to the Fader in an email interview:
Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state. Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tell stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs. Ardipithecus is my first album in my entire career and it makes me feel so blessed to be able to share my evolution with the LightEaters as I continue excavating my inner worlds…
According to Deadline, Smith has now signed a competitive contract with UTA. Deadline reports, “The agency will rep her in music, touring, film, TV, digital, licensing and endorsements, among others.”
Lest you forget, Smith’s 2010 debut single, “Whip My Hair,” was a massive success. It was the best-selling debut single from a new artist that year, and it earned her the title of youngest artist ever in the U.S. to have a double platinum single. Other things we can look forward to from Smith: she’s releasing a sock line later this year with Stance Socks.
As for Smith’s social media, one can learn a lot about the I Am Legend actress. For example, she has a penchant for neon saturations:
She loves fashion:
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And she’s quirky, but that goes without saying: