Willow Smith Flaunts Tongue Ring

Will and Jada Smith’s daughter Willow knows how to raise eyebrows. Over the weekend, the 11-year-old posted a picture on Instagram of her and a friend with piercings.

Will and Jada have been criticized for allowing the trendsetter–who is known for her various hairstyles, clothing, and mature attitude–to freely express herself. Yet, they are content with their parenting style.

“We are told that we can’t have ownership of ourselves until we’re 18. And then we’re pushed out into the world at 18 to figure out how to use that ownership versus helping our daughters understand how to have that ownership while they’re still in the house. So by the time they’re 18, they’ve got it. It’s also about knowing how to set up boundaries. I always tell Willow, as you get older you get more access to more freedom because you’re more knowledgeable,” explained Jada to the Detroit Free Press.
Will wants to ensure that his daughter is completely comfortable with her body, and that his parenting is preparing her for future relationships with men. “If I teach [Willow] that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world who does the same thing. That’s her hair. She has got to have command of her body,” explains the actor.

She later tweeted the piercing was fake.