When I was 16, I got my belly button pierced, to my father and grandmother’s chagrin. My grandmother complained that it was my “life line” and my father noted that I had six piercings altogether (two on each ear, my nose and belly button) and could be a candidate for a wayward teen on “The Ricki Lake Show” (remember that?). I’ve since grown out of that stage: my nose ring taken out and closed up, my belly button ring tucked away under my work blouses for no one but me to see. Still, though they didn’t love the piercings, I appreciate the freedom they gave me to experiment with different styles as I was growing up and finding myself. It did spark in me the love of being unique, confident and artistic, which in some ways led to the career in fashion writing that I have now. It did empower me to be in control of my look and style despite what other people around me may think. Though I was 16 and Willow is a mere 11, I am a testament to the fact that creative license, under the watchful gaze of a parent, can be empowering and freeing to an artistic child. At the same time, a level of discipline and restraint is also needed and finding that balance is difficult and different for every parent.
There is a legal age limit on piercings but as commenter, Beauty Is Diverse points out, you need parent’s consent to get it done beforehand.
What do you think of Willow’s fake piercing? Would you let your child get one before the legal age limit of 18? Does creative freedom teach them to be empowered and in control of their sense of style, like Will Smith claims? Discuss.