No matter what your size is, body insecurities affect everyone. Willow Smith reminded us of that on a recent episode of her mom Jada Pinkett Smith‘s web show, “Red Table Talk,” where Willow opened up about her insecurities with her thin frame and the jealousy she felt toward women with “curvier” bodies.
The 17-year-old singer explained that her body insecurities became more serious when she started dating and found herself rejected because of her size. After seeing her crushes date her curvier peers, Willow started questioning if her body was undesirable to men and society.
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Willow began embracing her body after hearing her friends tell her that they were envious of her figure, which is when she learned that there were two sides of the coin. “I hear my friends that are curvy, they are telling me, ‘It’s so great that you can wear some shorts and a tank top and not feel overexposed or feel like people are looking at you differently.’ Everyone wants what they don’t have,” Willow said.
After a fan asked why women are “so mean” about each other’s appearances, Willow explained that it’s about “envy” and that people often “wish they had what the other person has.” “Honestly whenever another girl tells you something about your body or your looks, she’s really just talking to herself,” Willow said.
Props to Willow for keeping it real and encouraging us to embrace each other (and ourselves) instead of tearing each other down.