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Willow Smith Talks Identity and Personal Style in Teen Vogue: 'It's About Creating Yourself'


Willow Smith is just being herself.

In her cover story for
Teen Vogue
‘s May issue, the 15-year-old spoke of her most insecure moments, and her journey to self-realization.

“It’s not about finding yourself it’s about creating yourself,” she said, adding, “I have some cool shoes on, and I wear crazy eyeliner, but it’s really all about emulating the colors you feel inside.”

Willow Smith
Courtesy of Teen Vogue (2)

Smith continued that while she loves experimenting with trends and being expressive through style, her wardrobe does not define her.

“A lot of clothes are cute, but after you buy the Yeezy shoes, after you get your hair done with a weave, you’re still the same person,” she said. “I feel like more and more kids are starting to realize this.”

Now a Chanel ambassador and ultimate social media trendsetter, the teen said she has not always been the picture of confidence she is today.

Smith recalled a period shortly after her 2011 hit “Whip My Hair” when she went through an identity crisis.

“After ‘Whip My Hair’ and all the publicity, after going on tour in the U.K., after saying no to the Annie film, all of this crap was going on in my life, and I had to sit down and say, ‘Who are you? On a real note. Are you this or this?,'” she shared.

Willow Smith
Courtesy of Teen Vogue (2)

Her personal style isn’t the only way Smith is revealing (and creating) her identity. Last year, the 15-year-old released her debut album Ardipithecus.

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“Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth,” she told
The Fader
last December. “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.”

What do you think of Smith’s journey to self realization? Share below.

–Char Adams