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Willow Smith on the cover of V magazine, June 2021.

Willow Smith on the cover of V magazine, June 2021.

Willow Smith covers the June 2021 digital cover of V magazine, as photographed by Domen & Van de Velde, and styled by Nicola Formichetti in the Valentino 'Roman Palazzo' collection and Cartier.

On being a black woman into rock music: "Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different on top of the pressures that the music industry puts on you. Now, it’s like an added pressure of the metal culture, the metal world, and just rock in general. I used to get bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance... Just through the music that I’m putting out right now and the representation that I can bring to the mix, I just hope that the Black girls who are listening to my music and listening to this album see that there’s more of us out there. It’s a real thing, you’re not alone. You’re not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side, and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?"

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