Actress and mom Jada Pinkett-Smith is baring her body on the cover of the latest issue of Essence magazine. In the issue, Jada reveals that her nine-year old daughter Willow Smith inspired her to do the nude shoot. For Jada, posing nude was about empowerment and teaching her daughter about positive body image.
“When I walked out there and disrobed, I felt like a queen. I felt like the world was mine. Like there was this power just emanating from my person. Like there was nothing I couldn’t do.”
Jada says initially, she wasn’t going to do the shoot completely nude.
“I was wearing a really cute pair of taupe-coloured shorts and nothing else,’ Pinkett-Smith says. And I thought, ‘This just looks like ‘scared.’ Everything comes off, but the shorts? Fear is what communicates. We can’t be afraid of our own sexuality or our own black skin. So I said, ‘Why not take these off?’ ”
So what was Willow’s response once she saw a picture of her naked mom? “Mummy, you look so elegant,” she said.
The July issue of ESSENCE magazine hits newsstands on June 11.