Three generation, one cover! The forever beautiful Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter, Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne Bandfield-Norris stun on Harper’s Bazaar cover. In this issue, the trio stay characteristically vulnerable, sharing how Red Table Talk has helped them become stronger.
Jada said that the show was borne from the conversations she had with Pauletta Washington at a red table seven years ago. In her words:
I had a nervous breakdown. I mean, not a nervous breakdown… what do you call it? A freaking mid-life crisis. I turned 40— when you look at your life and everything that was true is now not, and everything that was seemingly untrue now is true.
Willow Smith shared how she has come to see vulnerability as power.
Obviously we’re in a patriarchal society that looks down on vulnerability and looks down on emotion and looks down on femininity.
The biggest rebellion is coming into your vulnerability and seeing that as a power. Once you get in touch with your emotions, you start to understand things in a whole other way. When you express what you feel needs to change, or what you feel is unfair or wrong, that’s so important, but the real agent of change is when you embody the truth.
Adrienne, who had an history with heroin talked about getting out of that life and how random people thank her on the street.
People come up and just thank me. [They] say, “I’m trying. I’m working on it,” that kind of stuff. I just try to encourage them.
I felt like the impact that I could have to change the stigma of addiction and the help that I could offer was more important.
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