Willow Smith grew up living the sort of life that most of us can only dream of. As the daughter of global superstar Will Smith, she was practically Hollywood royalty from birth. What’s more, she was even named after him! However, being related to a famous person can be a double-edged sword, and Willow had to work hard to escape her father’s shadow. Here’s a look at how she did it.

Willow Smith was born in L.A. in October 2000. Her parents are Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, a power couple of the entertainment world. When they first met, Jada was an up-and-coming actress who’d worked with big names such as Eddie Murphy and Spike Lee. Will, on the other hand, was already one of the most famous actors on the planet.

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