The BET Awards were entertaining, yes, but we couldn't help but be distracted by Jada Pinkett Smith's super-fancy cornrowed ponytail. So fly! But at this point, fabulous hair is expected of Jada Pinkett Smith. Ever since she first burst onto the scene as Lena James in 'A Different World," the Philadelphia-born actress has proven herself to be a tress trendsetter (she even caused controversy last year when she allowed her 9 year-old daughter, Willow, to rock a Rihanna-esque side-shaved style). From a super-short pixie cut to an 'I Dream of Jeannie' ponytail, here are Jada Pinkett Smith's most memorable mane moments.
1991, New Kid on the Block
The BET Awards were entertaining, but we couldn’t help but be distracted by Jada Pinkett Smith’s super-fancy corn-rowed ponytail. So fly! But at this point, fabulous hair is expected of Jada Pinkett Smith. Ever since she first burst onto the scene as Lena James in A Different World, the Philadelphia native has proven herself to be a tress trendsetter. From a high topknot at A Different World’s 100th episode celebration (left) to micro-braids at the Oscars, here are Smith’s most memorable mane moments.
1996, Braided Beauty
In the cult classic film Set it Off, Pinkett-Smith sported a casual, braided bob (all the rage in ’96!).
1998, Pretty Pixie
At the Return to Paradise premiere, Pinkett-Smith flaunted a super-short, jet-black pixie cut. Soon, women everywhere were rocking copycat versions of her closely-cropped style.
1999, Puff Mommy
At an event in ’99, Pinkett-Smith channeled her inner little girl and rocked a set of two adorable afro puffs.
2002, Princess Jada
Jada Pinkett-Smith hit the red carpet at the 74th Annual Academy Awards looking every inch the glamorous movie star. Her princess-y up-do perfectly flattered her dramatic ball gown.
2004, Clean Sweep
At the premiere Of Collateral, Pinkett-Smith sported a lustrous tumble of curls swept over one shoulder.
2007, Happy Pony
Pinkett Smith rocked a perky, I Dream of Jeannie ponytail at Germany’s The Pursuit of Happyness premiere.
2008, Fierce Fringe
At the Madagascar 2 premiere party in Madrid, Pinkett Smith debuted a sleek new shoulder-length blowout with heavy bangs.
2009, Oscar Gold
In 2009, Jada hit the annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party flaunting cornrow extensions gathered into a loose pony at the nape of her neck.
2010, Curly Girlie
At the star-studded ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Pinkett-Smith turned heads with her hairstyle: A cloud of curls paired with a braid in the front.
2010, Plaits Please
With her braided pompadour pony and electric red lips, Pinkett-Smith rocked the red carpet at the 2010 BET Awards.
2011: Awesome Afro
At the Grammy Awards, Jada Pinkett Smith modernizes her fluffy hair by creating looser curls that frame her face perfectly.
2012: Daring Diva
Jada Pinkett Smith stepped out in Philly over the weekend in a wow-worthy ’do that was tapered on one side and long on the other side.
2012: Cover Star
For more of Jada’s glowing and gorgeous hairstyles, be sure to check out the September issue of ESSENCE on newsstands now!