#Girlgaze Webzine’s first issue has just hit the internet and 17 year old Willow Smith serves as the latest face of the online multi-media organization.
If you are not familiar with #Girlgaze, the digital media company promotes and highlights the work for female photographers and directors. According to their website, their mission is to “close the gender gap by creating visibility and tangible jobs for girls behind the lens.”
In the recent interview, Willow opened up about what is was like being a kid in the spotlight, describing the experience as “absolutely, excruciatingly terrible,” the teen star left nothing unsaid.
Growing up and trying to figure out your life . . . while people feel like they have some sort of entitlement to know what’s going on is absolutely, excruciatingly terrible. And the only way to get over it, is to go into it
She also discussed the ways in which fame can be harmful to a young person’s mental health.
I feel like most kids like me end up going down a spiral of depression and the world is sitting there looking at them through their phones, laughing and making jokes and memes at the crippling effect that this lifestyle has on the psyche.
As the daughter of one of the most famous couples in Hollywood (Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith) there is no surprise the amount of pressure that is on Willow from the public eye.
When you’re born into it, there are two choices that you have ; I’m either going to try to go into it completely and help from the inside or . . .no one is going to know where I am . . . and I’m really going to take myself completely out of the eye of society. There’s really no in between.
To read the rest of the interview, you can check out Willow’s feature here !