Pole Action: Should Will and Jada Rethink Willow’s Career?

January 10, 2012  |  

To add just a bit more fuel to the Will-Jada divorce fire, a photo of 11-year-old Willow Smith posing with a stripper role has surfaced—and almost immediately disappeared.

Yesterday, young Willow posted a photo of herself playing around on a dancer pole with a caption reading “Vegas Chick…” Not long after, the photo went bye bye, but not before sites like Necole Bitchie and 500+ viewers got a chance to save the file to their desktops.

So many questions could be asked here, namely what are you doing in a Vegas strip club, where are your parents, and who took this photo—etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. But most important is should Will and Jada pump the breaks on this young diva’s career? Already many people questioned how much ownership Willow and her brother Jaden have over their personal style after they were thrown front and center of the pre-teen entertainment scene last year, and author Terry McMillan even accused the couple of pimping out their kids for fame.With rumors that differing opinions on how Willow and Jaden should pursue their entertainment careers floating around as the reason Will and Jada are getting a divorce, this photo certainly doesn’t help.

There’s nothing cute about an 11-year-old play-posing with a pole and if one of the parents thinks there is, I can see why the young ones’ careers could indeed be irreconcilable differences. I’m sure neither Will nor Jada told Willow to upload that pic in the first place but the fact that she was in Vegas and around a pole is all on them.

What do you think about this photo of Willow? Do you think her overall image is too mature or should she be allowed to express who she is?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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