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Willow Smith: 'Fashion doesn't define me'

Published 13/04/2016

Willow Smith
Willow Smith

The fashionable teenager has learned to embrace her true self.

Willow Smith refuses to let her clothes define who she is, because she knows it's what is on the inside that really matters.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's daughter is known for her eclectic style and was recently named an ambassador for high fashion brand Chanel. However, despite her affinity for high-end labels, the 15-year-old feels it is more important to embrace your true self.

"I have some cool shoes on, and I wear crazy eyeliner, but it's really all about emulating the colors you feel inside," she tells Teen Vogue. "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. I feel like more and more kids are starting to realise this."

Willow reveals she went through a bit of an identity crisis in 2011 and had to step back to figure out who she was.

"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 c**p 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 says.

"During that time of figuring it out, I was lost and super insecure. But then I stopped trying to find myself in these other inanimate objects, people, and ideas. I realised it isn't about finding yourself - it's about creating yourself."

However, just because she doesn't place importance on material things doesn't mean she is not excited about her new role as the face of the iconic fashion brand.

"Being a young African-American woman with dreads, it blows my mind that I'm a Chanel ambassador," she adds. "Like, how am I a Chanel ambassador? It is so beautiful. I'm coming into a new part of my life that is completely unknown, and I'm jumping right in. All I can do from here is continue to shift paradigms and continue to push the envelope further and further. But I am doing it every day just by being myself."

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