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Willow Smith honoured to be Chanel ambassador at 15

Willow Smith wants to use her role with the French fashion house to inspire her peers in all aspects of life.

Will Smith's daughter Willow still can't believe an African American teenager has become a Chanel ambassador.

The 15-year-old was unveiled as an ambassador in March (16) and last month (Jun16) she was confirmed as the face of the brand's new eyewear collection.

Attending the Chanel Haute Couture show on Tuesday (05July16), Willow opened up about what her role means to her and what she plans to do with the new title.

"It’s not every day that a 15-year-old black girl with dreads gets elected to be the Chanel ambassador” she told Britain's The Telegraph. "I know a lot of girls that look like me feel that they’re not beautiful and feel like they don’t have a place in the media or a place in the world.

"I want them to know that’s not true, and if you’re confident and you love yourself then everything you see, your perception, will start to change and you’ll see things differently. I want to show those girls that might not think they’re beautiful they are.”

While Chanel is known for its classic Parisian chic style, Willow believes the fashion house executives explore creativity and self-expression - both of which were encouraged by her famous parents as she was growing up.

“I would throw on crazy things, which just didn’t go together, and my mom would be like, 'Are you sure you want to do that? It’s your decision if you want to do that'," she recalled. "At a young age we were taught that it’s OK to dress however you want and express yourself. It’s not what anyone else thinks about you, it’s what you think about yourself.”

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