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'Nepo Baby' Willow Smith Says It's Not True That Her Success Is "Because Of My Parents."

Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has talked about why she is not a nepotism baby.

Willow Smith

People have said that Willow Smith is a nepotism baby, but she says that her parents aren't the "only reason" she's successful.

Several celebrities, including Zooey Deschanel and Maya Rudolph, have spoken out against being called a "nepo baby." Now, Willow Smith has joined the conversation.

She is 23 years old and goes by the stage name Willow Camille Reign Smith. She is also the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

She acted with her dad in "I Am Legend," but she also went solo in "The Lorax." Since then, she's made a name for herself in the music business, releasing the hit song "Whip My Hair" in 2010.

What if she hadn't had famous parents? Would she have made it in each field?

The Smith Family
The Smith Family

A lot of people on social media have talked about this question and whether it's fair to call Willow a nepotism baby.

An X user said: "Jaden and Willow Smith are the most respected nepo babies in my eyes."

However, another argued: "Yes Willow Smith is a nepo baby, but she’s STILL a prodigy, 2 things can be true at once!"

Since then, Willow has talked about the labeling.

Allure talked to Willow, and she said she doesn't really think of herself as a nepotism baby.

To make sure everyone knows what a "nepo baby" or "nepotism baby" really is, the Oxford Collins Dictionary says that nepotism is "the unfair use of power to get jobs or other benefits for your family or friends."

Yet, Willow Smith is the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. How does she think that has changed her as a person and her success?

She tells Allure that she "truly" thinks her "spirit is a strong spirit" and that she would "still be a weirdo and a crazy thinker" even if her parents "weren't who they were."

She continues: "I definitely think that a little bit of insecurity has driven me harder because people do think that the only reason I'm successful is because of my parents.

"That has driven me to work really hard to try to prove them wrong.

"But nowadays, I don't need to prove s**t to anybody."

*Drop mic*

On a more serious note, she also said she's still had to fight against racist attitudes in spite of her famous parents, adding: "There have been some experiences where I went into a place that I have worked in the past and my picture could even be up on the wall, and they treat me like, ‘This is a little bit out of your price range’ or ‘You don't really belong here.'

"Being Black in America, even with privilege, which I'm never going to deny that I have, you're still Black."