Willow Smith attends BET Honors 2012 in Washington, D.C.
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WHOA, Willow Smith grew up OVERNIGHT! The pint-sized Fireball of the party, known for not only whipping her hair all around but also for sky-high wigs, insane shoes, and effusing utter ’dorbness and miles of talent in all of her 11 years, arrived to The BET Honors looking completely transformed into a rather adult version of herself. Wearing a canary yellow floor-length gown, black patent wedge heels, and her hair delicately swept to the side, we were blown away by this totally new look.
As you know, Miss Smith is known for all kinds of red carpet style hijinks. We mustn’t forget this is the young lady who brought us everything from safety pin combat boots to floating handbags. We always look forward to seeing her wear something fun, colorful, and tipped out in the kewlest of kicks, but this new look is BANANAS in the most literal and lovely way. Not only do we like the color of this dramz dress, we like the modest cut (bravo on the puff cap sleeves and neckline) as well as the sweeping movement in the slightly ruffled hem. The only trace of the usual Willow is the bajillion bangles she has encircling her mini wrist.
All in all, we think Miss Smith looks like a lady—a young lady—but a lady nonetheless, and this is a good thing. You see, this isn’t just any awards event, it’s a night honoring legends such as Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey, and it was attended by none other than our First Lady Michelle Obama. Also, Willow was escorted to the event by her father, Will Smith, and she performed, which is such an honor for someone so young in this esteemed company. So, haters be warned (we’ve seen snarky comments on the interwebs decreeing this look TOO grown-up), we think Willow looks like an angel, and this look is only testament to all of the kinds of looks she can pull off. She’s the fire, y’all.