Will Smith may have won an Oscar, but as the couple walked the red carpet before the show, all eyes were on Jada Pinkett Smith.
The “Red Table Talk” host was in attendance at the 2022 Oscars with Smith, who won his first Academy Award for best actor. While Smith kept it conventional with an all-black Dolce & Gabbana suit, Pinkett Smith stole the spotlight with her elaborate, emerald Jean Paul Gaultier gown with a ruffled train. As for her hairdo, she turned heads with her bold, bald look.
Fans took to social media to appreciate Pinkett Smith’s show-stopping appearance.
“Will Smith is nominated but Jada is giving the moment,” user @awards_watch wrote Sunday night.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the fresh king and queen of Bel-Air,” another user @borys_kit wrote.
“If the phrase ‘you’ve got to be seen in green’ was a person—it would be her!!” to use @shanellegenai added. “Giving every bit of Emerald City realness and glamour. SUCH a statement!!”
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However, as comedian Chris Rock presented the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars, he made a joke about Pinkett Smith and her lack of hair. Rock said he couldn’t wait to see Smith star in “GI Jane 2,” referencing her shaved head.
In response, Smith got up and hit Rock in the face as he stood on the stage. Rock appeared to be in shock, and Smith sat back down and said, “keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth,” twice.
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Last summer, Pinkett Smith said she went bald after opening up about her alopecia journey and severe hair loss, and revealed her daughter, Willow Smith, was the inspiration for her bold hair transformation. Alopecia is an autoimmune skin disease that can cause hair loss on the scalp, face or other areas of the body, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
“Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT … my 50’s are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed,” the “Red Table Talk” host wrote on Instagram in July.
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In 2018, Pinkett Smith called her hair loss journey “terrifying,” and admitted the difficulty of losing her signature long, thick hairstyles.
“My hair has been a big part of me,” she said during an episode of “Red Table Talk.’ “Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual — and having the choice to have hair or not. And then one day to be like, ‘Oh my God, I might not have that choice anymore.”
However, she eventually learned to embrace it, acknowledging that “people are out here who have cancer, people have sick children.”
“And by golly, if the higher power wants to take your hair — that’s it? … When I looked at it from that perspective, it really did settle me.”
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