by Maria Lloyd
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw 11-year-old rising pop-star Willow Smith’s tongue piercing. The youngest child of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, made headlines with her banging song “Whip My Hair”. The song became so popular that local night clubs kept it in heavy rotation- although the young star is not old enough to patronize a night club.
Willow has taken her fans and spectators on a roller coaster of fashion from shaving her head to wearing shoes that doubled as pants to an awards show. She has seen and done more things than the average kid (and adult) could ever imagine. I can remember Will and Jada saying that they allow their children to create their own image of beauty, and I applaud that; however, at what point should a parent interject? Children need their parents to mold them into the person they’re going to be throughout the majority of their lives.
If the parents take an “off hands” approach to raising their child, they’re essentially allowing the media, the child’s peers, and the child’s imagination to take over. I can’t help but question what’s to come of Willow Smith. Will she get a tattoo on her face? Butt injections? Botox in her lips? Married at 15? If Will and Jada don’t take more control of her life at 11, she’ll be hell on wheels at 15. I wish the child and the parents the best.
Would you allow your kid to get a tongue piercing at 11? Why or why not?