Willow Camille Reign Smith, known mononymously as Willow (stylized in all caps), is an American Singer, Dancer, Actress, Rapper, Voiceover Artist, and Songwriter. The daughter of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, she has received various accolades, including a Young Artist Award, an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, and nominations for two Daytime Emmy Awards and a MTV Video Music Award.
Years active: 2007–present
Born age: October 31, 2000, 22 years old and 4 months, Los Angeles, California, U.S
Sun Sign: Scorpios
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Light Brown
Height: 5 ft 7 in / 174 cm
Measurements: 30-20-28 in or 76-51-71 cm
Bra size: 34BB
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Alt-Pop
Member of The Anxiety
Smith made her acting debut in 2007 in the film I Am Legend along with her father Will Smith, and later appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl alongside Abigail Breslin. In 2010, Smith launched her music career with the platinum-certified single “Whip My Hair“, which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Smith later signed to her mentor Jay-Z‘s record label Roc Nation, becoming the youngest artist signed to the label, and released the single “21st Century Girl” the following year.
Smith’s debut album, Ardipithecus, was released in 2015. Its single “Wait a Minute!” was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Smith would later release her second album The 1st (2017), and her third album Willow (2019). Smith began co-hosting the Facebook Watch talk show Red Table Talk in 2018, which has earned her two NAACP Image Awards and two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. In 2021, Smith released her fourth album Lately I Feel Everything, which spawned the single “Transparent Soul“, which was certified gold in the US. Later that year, she earned another top 40 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 with the single “Meet Me at Our Spot” as part of The Anxiety with Tyler Cole.
Smith attended elementary school at New Village Leadership Academy (founded by Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith. The school is not operational now.) in Calabasas, California. She subsequently went to Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California.
- Father – Will Smith (Musician, Actor)
- Mother – Jada Pinkett Smith (Actress)
- Siblings – Trey Smith (Older Half-Brother) (DJ), Jaden Smith (Older Brother) (Actor)
- Others – Willard Christopher Smith, Sr. (Paternal Grandfather) (U.S. Air Force Veteran, Refrigeration Engineer), Caroline (née Bright) (Paternal Grandmother) (School Board Administrator), Robsol Pinkett, Jr. (Maternal Grandfather) (Construction Company Owner), Adrienne Banfield-Norris (Maternal Grandmother) (Former head nurse of an inner-city clinic in Baltimore), Harry Smith (Paternal Uncle), Ellen Smith (Paternal Aunt), Pamela Smith (Paternal Aunt), Caleeb Pinkett (Maternal Uncle) (Actor, Writer).
Willow Camille Reign Smith was born on October 31, 2000, in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of the actress-musician Jada Pinkett Smith and actor-musician Will Smith. She has two older siblings: her brother Jaden Smith, an actor and musician, and her half-brother Willard Carroll “Trey” Smith III, an actor and DJ. Smith and her siblings are youth ambassadors for Project Zambi, which, in conjunction with Hasbro, provides assistance for Zambian children orphaned by AIDS.
Smith attended Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles.
Willow Smith is of African-American, African-Creole-Barbadian, and African-Creole-Jamaican descent.
2007–2013: Acting and music endeavors
Smith made her acting debut in I Am Legend alongside her father. Her next film, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, was released on July 2, 2008. In 2008, she voiced the character of young Gloria the hippo in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, alongside her mother as Gloria the hippo.
In June 2009, Smith’s mother Jada Pinkett Smith announced in an interview on Lopez Tonight that Smith would be releasing an album. Smith then released her first single, “Whip My Hair“, which went platinum in the US and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, the single peaked at number two. Its video was nominated for Video of the Year at the BET Awards of 2011. Smith soon after announced her next single, “21st Century Girl“. After she performed the song on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she released it the next day on February 3, 2011. The video was released March 9, 2011. On January 20, 2011, Will Smith announced he was planning to produce a contemporary remake of the Broadway musical Annie starring Smith in the title role. However, Smith was deemed too old and the title role was given to Quvenzhané Wallis in February 2013.
On October 6, 2011, “Fireball”, a collaboration between Smith and rapper Nicki Minaj, was released. “Fireball” was a commercial failure, failing to chart in any type of music market, except the US R&B chart, charting at 121. It was her first song to miss the Billboard Hot 100. Smith’s producer announced that she were almost finished working on her debut album, and that it would be done soon. He also said it has a similar style to “Whip My Hair”. The title of the album was later announced to be Knees and Elbows. It was scheduled to be released around April 2012, but was later announced that it would be postponed for release later in the year. On May 1, 2012, she released a music video for “Do it Like Me (Rockstar)”, saying that it was her “first video ever”. On July 2, 2012, Smith released the “I Am Me” music video at the BET Awards. On July 17, she released her fourth single, “I Am Me” via iTunes and Amazon.
In the summer of 2013, Smith and DJ Fabrega started a duo titled “Melodic Chaotic”. “The Intro” was released as the first work, “Summer Fling” was released as the second work of the two on July 6, 2013. The music video was directed by Smith and Mike Vargas who previously directed her single “I Am Me”. The song has been widely criticized for its mature tone, the use of the word “fling”, and the fake English accent she incorporates. On September 16, 2013, Smith performed “Summer Fling” on the series premiere of The Queen Latifah Show. During the performance, she said: “Just for clarity, the word fling means something that’s short lived…And this song is dedicated to all the kids around the world whose summer is never long enough.”
2014–2018: 3 EP, Ardipithecus, and The 1st
On October 24, 2014, Smith and FADER announced that Smith would be releasing her debut EP, titled “3”, on October 31, 2014 for free via Google Play for limited time and November 10, 2014, but it was later pushed to November 17, 2014 via iTunes. The same day, she held a concert in New York City at The FADER Fort, where she performed select tracks from her new EP with SZA. She also performed the song “5” with her brother, as well as “Summer Fling” and a new rendition of her famous hit “Whip My Hair”.
Smith released the single “F Q-C #7” on May 7, 2015. An accompanying music video was released the same day on Vevo. After release, on September, a video to the track “Why Don’t You Cry” on i-D, Willow released her first album Ardipithecus on December 11. About her debut album’s title, Willow said “Ardipithecus Ramidus Sahelanthropus tchadensis 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.”
On her birthday, October 31, 2017, she released her second album The 1st which is praised for its musical development, particularly Willow’s ability to create music following her 1990s R&B predecessors, despite not having been alive during the time. She toured the album with Jhene Aiko alongside St. Beauty, Kodie Shane, and Kitty Cash through the end of 2017.
Along with her mother and grandmother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Smith hosts Red Table Talk, a web talk show for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination.
2019–2021: Willow, The Anxiety, and Lately I Feel Everything
On June 24, 2019, Smith announced her third studio album, Willow. It was released on July 19, 2019, and was co-produced by herself and Tyler Cole. The duo later released a collaborative album titled The Anxiety in 2020. On April 27, 2021, Smith released “Transparent Soul” featuring Travis Barker, a pop-punk song that was her first foray into that genre. Smith released her fourth album Lately I Feel Everything on July 16, featuring guests artists including Tierra Whack and Avril Lavigne. In late 2021, “Meet Me at Our Spot” from The Anxiety reached the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 21. That same year, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Also in 2021, she won Entertainer of the Year for her work on Red Table Talk at the EBONY Power 100 awards, and was placed on Billboard‘s ‘Greatest Pop Stars of 2021’ list, being named the ‘Comeback Artist of the Year’. Smith was also placed on the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
2022–present: Coping Mechanism
In February 2022, Willow announced that she had to pull out of Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever World Tour due to production limitations. On April 8, 2022, Smith featured on Camila Cabello‘s track “Psychofreak” from Cabello’s third studio album Familia. A music video for the song was released on the same day, followed by a live performance on Saturday Night Live.
Coping Mechanism is the fifth studio album by Smith. The album was released on October 7, 2022, through Roc Nation and Polydor, and features Yves Tumor.
In June 2022, Smith broadcast “Maybe It’s My Fault“, the first single from her fifth studio album.
In July 2022, Smith published the album art as well as the release date for the album. The following month, the singer put out “Hover Like a Goddess”.
In June 2019, Smith revealed via Red Table Talk that she is bisexual, stating “I love men and women equally”. She also mentioned her support of polyamorous relationships and her desire to be in one.
As a Singer
She has released several singles such as “Whip My Hair” (2010), “21st Century Girl” (2011), and others.
“Whip My Hair” was certified as Platinum in the U.S. and Australia. It charted at #11 in the U.S.
On October 31, 2014, Willow released her debut EP titled “3” via Roc Nation Records. It was only released in the “music download” format and was offered free for a limited time online.
She appeared in the 2007 post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film I Am Legend for her role as Marley Neville. Her dad Will Smith starred in this film.
First TV Show
In 2009 and 2010, she appeared in 2 episodes of Nickelodeon’s sitcom True Jackson, VP for her role as Young True.
Willow Smith Favorite Things
- Food – Pepperoni
Willow Smith Facts
- She signed with Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation music label in 2010.
- She started acting at the age of 7 with the film “I Am Legend.”
- Willow was born on Halloween’s day.
- Willow and Will Smith’s movies, Hancock and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl had opened on the same day, i.e. July 2, 2008.
- Willow is the niece of Caleeb Pinkett.
- Willow, who is a singer, got her singing ability from her mom and got her flow from dad. But, she learned the camera part from both parents.
- She likes eating cheese every day.
- Willow will dress up the way, she wants. If she desires to don a pair of Converse with a pencil stuck through them, she will definitely do that.
- In a new episode of the Red Table Talk in April 2021, Willow revealed that she was polyamorous (engaging simultaneously in more than one serious romantic or sexual relationship with the consent of every partner involved). In another episode in May 2021, she got matching lotus tattoos along with her mother Jada Pinkett Smith and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
- Willow was included in the 2022 list of Forbes 30 Under 30.
- In February 2022, Willow and Machine Gun Kelly teamed up for a new single titled Emo Girl. The song is part of MGK’s album Mainstream Sellout.
- In April 2022, Willow and Camila Cabello released a new song titled Psychofreak.
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