Willow Smith Fondly Remembers Her Short-Lived Pink Mohawk

Willow Smith reflects on that time Bruce Springsteen covered her most famous single, “Whip My Hair,” and her personal style in an intimate video interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 3/9/2016

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Starring: Willow Smith

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The first time I performed I went on the Ellen Show,
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and it was the craziest experience of my entire life.
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I was so nervous, and my mom was like,
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you've been practicing so much, like you can do this,
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and I was like, oh my gosh, do I have to do it more times?
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And they're like, No, you killed it the first time.
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Yeah, I was doing Whip My Hair.
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I think I was nine.
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I wanted to sing when I was really young,
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and I kept on telling my parents and they kept on
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telling me, you know, okay we can get some writers here
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like we can get some producers if you really want this to
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be real, and I was like, I want it to be real.
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They got all of those people, we sat in a room
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and I just was talking, talking, talking about the things
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that I loved, and the writers just came up with that song,
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and I was like so down to sing it, and so I did.
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So glad it happened, because if it didn't, I wouldn't be
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the person I am today.
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I did see the Bruce Springsteen cover of Whip My Hair,
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it was so freaking amazing, my parents woke me up,
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and was like Willow, like you have to come watch this,
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like this is the craziest thing
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and and I was like, oh my gosh, like I can't believe
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such iconic people like my songs.
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The first movie, the first one that made a big impression
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on me, Edward Scissorhands.
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I just liked the aesthetic of the movie, so pale and like
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pristine, and then you go up to the house and it's like dark
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and decrepit.
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I don't know, I just liked the contrast between those two
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worlds.
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My favorite love scene, in a movie? Hmm
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Avatar, when they are at the tree of souls, and they are
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communing with Eywa, it's my favorite.
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I had a mohawk, pink.
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No, because it wasn't really tall, it was like, I shaved my
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entire head and then it grew back a little bit, and then I
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shaved the sides and it was kind of like an afro mohawk
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a little bit, but it was cute.
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I was in my bathroom like yesterday and saw some safety pins
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on the counter and was just like, let me stab a dread
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really quick, and stabbed the dread, and was like
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Woah, this is dope.