Willow Smith snagged herself a second cover for the year: After fronting W Magazine with Kiernan Shipka and Zendaya, the youngest Smith graces Teen Vogue's May issue, photographed by Emma Summerton. It's the fourth cover for the young creative, who also appeared on i-D and Wonderland.
The interview, written by Beauty & Health Director Elaine Welteroth, was able to capture a handful of Willow-esque gems, such as describing her relationship with big brother Jaden as two "binary stars," fulfilling her passion for science with a tour of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge and defining herself as an artisan — after asking Siri on her iPhone for the definition of "artisan."
It's clear that this Cool Teen™ marches to the beat of her own drum, and that's a good thing. So good, in fact, that Karl Lagerfeld handpicked her as the newest ambassadress for Chanel. It's a new role that Smith doesn't take lightly, and she gushes to Welteroth about how big of a statement her new gig really makes.
"Being a young African-American woman with dreads, it blows my mind that I'm a Chanel ambassador. Like, how am I a Chanel ambassador?" she marvels. "It is so beautiful. I'm coming into a new part of my life that is completely unknown, and I'm jumping right in. All I can do from here is continue to shift paradigms and continue to push the envelope further and further. But I am doing it every day just by being myself."
Being in the public eye during your teens must be a tough experience, so it's admirable to see someone like Smith having no qualms about truly expressing herself however she pleases, whether that's through music, art or fashion — although the latter isn't exactly on Smith's list of high priorities.
"It's really all about emulating the colors you feel inside," she tells Teen Vogue in true Willow form. "A lot of clothes are cute, but after you buy the Yeezy shoes, after you get your hair done with a weave, you're still the same person. I feel like more and more kids are starting to realize this."
Head on over to TeenVogue.com to check out the full cover story.