We’ve been waiting a long time for Willow Smith to release her “21st Century Girl” video. Like, a long time. The “Whip My Hair” video came out all the way back in October! But now the video is finally here, and we kind of don’t love it?
Well, we must preface this by saying we love the song. “I’m the type of chick that likes to rock the beat” is probably our favorite line, because how could it not be? But the video feels rather average. There’s an old lady (who, as pointed out by our astute commenters, is played by the legendary Cicely Tyson!) who finds a bone or a rock or something, and then she conjures Willow from the sand, and the 10-year-old postures for about four minutes, and she only wears a few different outfits and there is no hair heart. While the video for “Whip My Hair” felt very much about the collective, “21st Century Girl” feels all about Willow, which we normally wouldn’t mind, but ugh. Something about the whole thing doesn’t quite work.
What do you think? Are we totally wrong? Is the video brilliant, or just merely okay? (And, yes, we’ve catalogued the outfits for you below.)
this is some kind of spaceship or something.