Willow and Jaden Smith aren’t your run of the mill social media obsessed teenagers. The uber-woke offspring of Will and Jada, they’ve managed to remain unapologetically themselves; conquering anything they’ve set their sights on across the realms of acting, music, and fashion.
Covering September’s issue of Interview magazine, this unstoppable sibling duo has managed to not only fully grasp the underbelly of today’s technologically savvy world; but conscientiously maneuver the landscape to inspire, cause contemplation, and spark change amongst the millennial generation.
15-year-old Willow, and 18-year-old Jaden also sat down with Pharrell Williams for an interview that only further propels these two moguls in the making as pioneers of the future. Always humble, they discuss using social media for an intended purpose–to benefit the greater good of course–being able to express themselves without judgement from their parents, and understanding the role they play is elevating the minds of a generation that has the power to deeply impact the world.
Check out highlights from the Q&A below.
ON WHO THEIR BIGGEST INSPIRATIONS ARE
“My parents. Growing up, all I saw was my parents trying to be the best people they could be, and people coming to them for wisdom, coming to them for guidance, and them not putting themselves on a pedestal, but literally being face-to-face with these people and saying, “I’m no better than you, but the fact that you’re coming to me to reach some sort of enlightenment or to shine a light on something, that makes me feel love and gratitude for you.” They always give back what people give to them.”
“I 100 percent agree with Willow on that one. My parents are definitely my biggest role models. And that’s where me and Willow both pull all of our inspiration from to change the world. It all comes from a concept of affecting the world in a positive way and leaving it better than it was than when we came.”
WILLOW ON BEING ABLE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES EARLY ON
“Me and Jaden, when we were younger … [laughs] Ooh! We would wear the craziest things. Jaden would only wear his Spider-Man costume. I would freaking mismatch every single shirt and pants in my closet. We would just be so rambunctious with our clothing choices. And when we were old enough to start dressing ourselves, my mom was like, “Are you sure you want to go out like that?” And me and Jaden would be like, “You know what? Yes.” And she’d totally accept it. I feel like that’s where most of our confidence comes from. Because we weren’t told, “Oh, you don’t look good in that. You look crazy. People are gonna think this about you.” Like, obviously, that was going to be happening regardless, but it wasn’t like that ruled what we did or the choices that we made.”
JADEN ON THEIR SIBLING DYNAMIC
“So there’s always been competition, but we’ve always worked as hard as possible to do the things that we want to do. We never got upset because we could always do the same thing. It happened so that me and Willow were able to go through every level or different section of life that we wanted to. If we wanted to act, we could act. If we wanted to dance, we were dancing. And we could do it on the level that we wanted to do it. So there was no, like, “I’m mad at you.” Well, we would get mad at each other when we were young, but that stopped when we were, like, 9.”
You can head over to Interview to check out their entire conversation with Pharrell and hit the gallery below for all the FIERCE shots from their cover shoot.