Born in Los Angeles, California, she is the daughter of actress and singer Jada Pinkett Smith and actor, rapper, producer Will Smith.
Willow is best known for her role as Marley Neville in the 2007 film I Am Legend, in which she co-starred with her father, and her hit single “Whip My Hair” which was released in September 2010.
At ten years old (the time of this writing), she is an acting and singing sensation.
Willow has two older brothers, Trey and Jaden Smith. She and her brothers contribute as youth ambassadors to Project Zambia, raising awareness for orphan children stricken with AIDS.
Willow is currently signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label. Her first single, “Whip my Hair” debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. She cites Billy Idol, her father, Madonna, and Beyonce as her music inspirations. She describes her personal style as “punk rock meets preppy”. In her leisure she likes to sing, swim, and dance.
Willow was the voice of baby Gloria in the animated movie Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. She has also starred as Countee in the first big-screen American Girl series movie, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Willow is set to star in the film Amulet in 2012, alongside her older brother Jaden.
Says rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z of his youngest act:
“[Willow] has a child’s innocence but she has a clear vision of who she is and who she wants to be…I believe in superstars. I believe in big records and in superstars and I think she has both.”