Willow Smith Is All Grown Up, Look What She’s Doing Today.
In 2010, Willow released her single "Whip My Hair," reaching number 11 in the music charts.
She followed it up with "21st Century Girl." The 10-year-old was seen as the next "It" girl.
Whip My Hair
This prompted her famous dad to start working on the remake of Annie.
He would star alongside his daughter. His friend Jay-Z was in talks to provide the music. Her producer announced that by late 2011 the preteen's album would be released.
Although a couple more singles were released like, "Fireball" with Nicki Minaj, they were commercial failures.
"Willow chose singing and then un-chose it," Will Smith said. "She said, 'Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.' At the peak of Whip My Hair, she’s like, 'Daddy, I’m done.' I was like, 'Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got Annie, you know."
"It’ll be New York, you’ll be with Beyoncé. You can bring your friends," he recalls telling his daughter.
"And she said, 'Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?' At the end of the day, it has to be their choice," he admitted.
She may have had only one hit, but it made a difference among black girls.
"Whipping your hair means not being afraid to be yourself," Willow has said.
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