USMagazine, Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 10:30am (PST)
Though her drastic new hairstyle garnered mixed reviews when she first stepped out in early October, Jada Pinkett Smith is owning her new 'do. The 42-year-old mother of Willow and Jaden Smith is sporting long locks with both sides of her head shaved.
The actress attended the Make Equality Reality event honoring director Joss Whedon on Nov. 4 where she paired her buzzed tresses with a detailed cutout two-piece. Smith looked radiant while sporting the more youthful look, posing with Whedon, 49, and activist Gloria Steinem.
Many have said Smith's new look is reminiscent of her 13-year-old daughter Willow's hair from back in 2012. At the time, the cut was slightly controversial and prompted Jada to take to Facebook in an open letter defending her daughter.
"Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair," Smith wrote in November 2012. "Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be."