KOKOnista Of The Day: Willow Smith Is Not Just The ‘Whip My Hair’ Singer

Willow Camille Reign Smith, also known as Willow, is an American singer, actress, and dancer.

Willow Smith was born on October 31, 2000 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actress-musician Jada Pinkett Smith and actor-musician Will Smith. She has two older siblings: her brother Jaden Smith, an actor and musician, and her half-brother Willard Carroll “Trey” Smith III, an actor and DJ. Smith and her siblings are youth ambassadors for Project Zambi, which, in conjunction with Hasbro, provides assistance for Zambian children orphaned by AIDS.

Smith attended Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles.

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In 2018, Smith began co-hosting the Facebook Watch talk show Red Table Talk, which has earned her two NAACP Image Awards and two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. In 2021, Smith released the single “Transparent Soul” featuring Travis Barker, which reached number one on the Billboard Rock Streaming chart. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021.

Smith made her acting debut in 2007 in the film I Am Legend along with her father Will Smith, and later appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl alongside Abigail Breslin.

In 2010, Smith launched her music career with the single “Whip My Hair”, which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for Video of the Year at the BET Awards of 2011. Smith later signed to her mentor Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation, becoming the youngest artist signed to the label; and released the single “21st Century Girl”, the following year.

In 2015, Smith released her debut album, Ardipithecus, including the single “Wait a Minute!”, which was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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