“It’s not every day that a 15 year-old black girl with dreads gets elected to be the Chanel ambassador.”
So muses Willow Smith as she and her father, entertainment juggernaut Will Smith, huddle backstage at Chanel’s Tuesday Haute Couture show, her lean silhouette outfitted in a teal, sleeveless jacket, fitted trousers and two-toned oxfords.
In a cavalcade of (mostly) uniform models, Willow is a living, breathing shrine to #blackgirlmagic and the newly-minted ambassadress to fashion titan Karl Lagerfeld’s French house knows full well how powerful her position is, particularly in the eyes of black girls.
“I know a lot of girls that look like me feel that they’re not beautiful and feel like they don’t have a place in the media or a place in the world,” Willow tellsThe Telegraph.
“I want them to know that’s not true, and if you’re confident and you love yourself, then everything you see, your perception, will start to change and you’ll see things differently,” the star of Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2016/17 eyewear campaign continues. “I want to show those girls that might not think they’re beautiful (that) they are.”
In an industry that has been criticized for its diversity problem, we can only thank our stars that the young supernova is taking up the charge to show young girls just how brightly they can — and do — shine.