Willow and Jada Pinkett Smith visit Capitol Hill. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)The multi-talented, 12-year-old Willow Smith accompanied her mom Jada Pinkett Smith on a very important mission on Wednesday — and we don't mean one of those like Willow's dad Will would take as one of the "Men in Black"! The two visited the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill for the opening of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, something they've both shown their passion for in the past.
As Jada has explained, Willow is the reason that she decided to become an advocate for the cause. The "Whip My Hair" singer sprang into action after watching the Kony 2012 video that went viral in the spring. "She did her own research and realized that there were young girls her age in this country being trafficked for sex," Jada told USA Today. "She was like, 'Mommy — you don't know what's happening!' I was like, 'Hold up, pause right there!' And, she was like, 'I've got to give my voice to this. These young girls out there need me.'"
Since then, Jada founded the organization Don't Sell Bodies, which fights for tougher laws against human trafficking and offers resources for victims. Willow's passion even motivated Jada to testify before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the issue over the summer ... at about the same time that one of the country's youngest human trafficking advocates got braces.
Willow didn't escape that tween rite of passage, but she seems to be avoiding another: middle school. "I never really get to go to school because I am always on tour or with my father," she told the U.K. Telegraph in 2010. "There is a tutor most of the time, but usually I am working so I never get to do the lessons. The worst thing about math is all the kids are ahead of me because they go to school."
Visiting Capitol Hill is a valuable lesson in social studies — and Willow is ertainly championing a great cause — but when she's not working to end human trafficking, it sounds like her studies are put on hold so she can tour, record music in the studio, and, well, focus on becoming famous. Do you think her parents, who founded a private elementary school in L.A. in 2008, should make her spend more time in the classroom and a little less time on the road?
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