Willow Smith: The “Whip My Hair” Singer Grows Up


A few years ago, Willow Smith was just another Hollywood progeny. But just yesterday, the newly minted Chanel ambassador was rubbing shoulders with Karl Lagerfeld. See all the looks that brought the pop star to that moment.

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A then-seven-year-old Willow Smith steps out onto the red carpet in a frilly black frock cinched with a silver belt in support of her dad Will Smith’s film Hancock.

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Nearly a year and a half later, Smith takes to the stage along with her entire family for the Nobel Peace Prize concert honoring recent prizewinner Barack Obama. Here, she wears a black-and-white evening gown that might be equally at home at the Oscars.

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Again along with the entire Smith clan, Willow makes a red-carpet appearance in 2010 for the premiere of brother Jaden’s film The Karate Kid, for which she wears a leopard-on-leopard moto jacket and harem pants ensemble anchored by knee-high combat boots.

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In a grey jumpsuit with a belted-on contrasting yellow shoulder, Willow Smith takes to the stage at the American Music Awards in 2010.

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Rocking a romper once again, Smith goes gold for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in early 2011.

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Sky-high loops of hair and statement gold-dusted combat boots aren’t even the half of Smith’s look for the 2011 BET Awards — she elevates her red-carpet-casual look, showing off a bright yellow tee emblazoned with the face of none other than the Fresh Prince.

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The following year, an 11-year-old Smith goes classic once more for the BET Honors of 2012. Here, she wears a vintage canary-yellow gown paired with an Alexander McQueen clutch.

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The same year’s BET Awards find her keeping it in the family with a tee from brother Jaden’s line, MSFTS, worn as a tunic, anchored by Smith’s trademark combat boots — here, a pair from Chanel.

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Smith debuts blunt-cut bangs with a geometric-patterned kimono and black leggings for the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013.

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Chic and monochromatic, Smith steps out in black platform heels for a Roc Nation Grammy event, matching a cropped tee to a tea-length black fringe skirt.

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Smith’s blue jump suit contrasts with a berry lip in this 2014 look.

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The recent IMG Models signee appears at the Chanel show for Paris Fashion Week Fall 2016 — and she’s later announced the new Chanel ambassador. The bodysuit, a clear Smith favorite, again forms the base of this ensemble.