There's a new video that's gone viral, and maybe you've seen it. "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith ring any bells?
The music video has already attracted almost 8 million views on YouTube. In it, Willow dips her long braids in a small bit of red paint and whips her head around, coloring a drab, monochromatic school cafeteria into a multitude of hues, as other students soon join her in hair-whipping frenzy.
Willow, who turned 10 on Sunday, said in an interview with MTV that the song is meant to inspire people to believe in themselves, because "the best thing is you." The lyrics encourage people to "pay no attention to them haters." Willow conveys her confidence in the music video while happily dancing, modeling her various hairstyles and smirking coyly at the camera.
Undoubtedly, most people knew Willow was going to go places. Her father is Will Smith, the acclaimed actor from films such as "I, Robot," "Hitch," "I Am Legend" (which Willow also appeared in) and the "Men in Black" movies. Her mother is actress Jada Pinkett Smith, of the "Matrix" movies and the television show "Hawthorne."
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In an interview with People magazine, her father said Willow has a strong work ethic and determination. For example, when filming her role in "I Am Legend," Willow was determined to finish her shots despite the low temperatures. Jay-Z's record label, Roc Nation, signed Willow on as one of its artists in part because of her work ethic.
In an interview with MTV, Jay-Z said Willow has a "wealth of information and ideas. She has child innocence but she has a clear vision of what she wants and who she wants to be."