Willow Smith is back to revive pop-punk.
Many years have passed since the hit Whip My Hair, in which a little WILLOW SMITH nodded confidently because "we don't pay attention to haters," as the lyrics say. Today, at 20 yo, after a period of acceptance of her own voice, SMITH makes a comeback to the rhythm we all needed: authentic pop-punk.
In an interview for V Magazine, she talks about the responsibility to bring more representation to this style, with the hope that her new punk-influenced album will inspire young black women to rock out.
"Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different on top of the pressures that the music industry puts on you. Now, it's like an added pressure of the metal culture, the metal world, and just rock in general. I used to get bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance," she told V.
With Valentino and Cartier in the photoshoot, SMITH revives an aesthetic that has long been denied to black women, often associated with R&B and soul, despite numerous contributions to punk. Willow wears a dress by Roman Palazzo Collection, leather belts by Zanabayne, and a bag by Valentino Rockstud Alcove, “You're not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?” She says.
And Valentino's brutal leather boots match her self-assured voice and all the vibe of her new music. Transparent Soul shows an angry and full of rhythm WILLOW featuring Blink-182's iconic drummer Travis Barker.
Put on your darkest eyeliner and be ready for WILLOW's new transparent journey.
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