‘Whip My Hair’ was an insane moment in the very early career stages for Willow Smith, stage name Willow.
For Smith, she’s been able to transcend that song, reinventing and transforming herself, as does her brother Jaden.
And now during a recent performance, Smith has rewrote the significance of that song yet again, with one very simple yet symbolic gesture.
Smith recently performed a Facebook livestream performance in celebration of her latest album, lately I feel EVERYTHING, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
‘Whip My Hair’ is the last song Smith perform in her post-punk set, where at the very end of the song, Smith sits down to have her head shaved all the while still playing the guitar.
The ‘Whip My Hair’ artist revealed in a behind-the-scenes clip that she had plans to shave her head during her performance of ‘Whip My Hair’. She said, “I’m thinking about shaving my head during the ‘Whip My Hair’ performance.”
“This is gonna be my third time in my life shaving my head,” she added.
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“I’m always shaving my head at monumental times in my life, when things are really changing. And this is definitely one of those moments.”
Smith first shaved her head back in 2012, two years after the release of ‘Whip My Hair’ and then again earlier this year for an interactive art performance at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.
Following the art performance, Jada Pinkett Smith said on an episode of Red Table Talk, “The first time you shaved your head [was] when you were 12 years old. But this time, you came into a womanhood,” as reported by People. “So, kudos to you,” she added.
Smith added, “I feel like I was just shedding a lot history and emotional baggage.” She continued, “Six, seven, years of emotion, I just let it go.”
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