Red Table Talk Episode 3 Did Not Disappoint: Here's Your Recap.

Adrienne, Jada & Willow
By Erickka Sy Savané

I ain’t gon’ lie, not since Power has a show grabbed my attention like Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk on Facebook. Whether she’s sharing the early struggle of co-parenting with Will Smith’s first wife Sheree or daughter Willow is talking about cutting herself as a pre-teen, there’s something for everyone and they all, including Jada’s mom Adrienne, keep it completely 100. So what did the Ladies chat about this week?

Body Confessions and not only was it juicier than a Georgia peach, there was also a takeaway… 
So the interesting thing about this episode is that you could look at Jada, her mom or Willow and see three perfectly beautiful women, yet, they all have their body issues….

Mom Adrienne, age 64, kicked off the discussion talking about the challenge she faces as an older woman with not becoming obsessed with youth, since that’s what’s always portrayed in the media.

She says,
“Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and I don’t like what I see. The worst part of my body for me are my legs, my thighs. Like, I’m thin and people think it’s ridiculous but I have mad cellulite. And I hate it, so I hate my legs. I’ve put on some extra pounds, and it my mind, I feel fat. I know that it’s not true, but I’m certainly bigger than I used to be. I’m used to seeing myself a certain way. But the rest of me looks pretty good.”
Uhhhh, we concur, Mama Adrienne 
Next up, was Jada who addressed a deeply personal issue that she’s been getting lots of questions about, which is ‘Why all the head wraps?’ Well, it has to do with hair loss. In her own words:
“It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and then there was just hands full of hair in my hands. And I was just like, ‘oh my god, am I going bald?' It was one of those times when I was literally shaken with fear.”
She says that though she’s taken every kind of test, doctors have no idea why she’s losing her hair, and experiencing this form of alopecia. Some say it’s stress. However, the silver lining has been putting it in a spiritual perspective. When she thinks of the struggles that others are going through from cancer, to sick children, if the higher power wants to take her hair, she can deal with it. Another silver lining is discovering how to wrap a turban, which make her feel like a Queen.

Come through Jada!!!
And last, but certainly not least, was cutie-pie Willow revealing her insecurities around being the skinny girl who gets seen as the ‘little sister’ or ‘friend’ while her curvier friends get the guys. She shared, 
“I start to wonder, like dang, am I not desirable? Is my body not what society likes? It gets really hard.”
It was a conversation with Papa Will that helped give her some perspective on her body envy issues. He told her that he’s glad that she doesn’t have curves because guys will look at her brain more….(spoken like a true Dad!)

She has found power in not cutting her armpit hair, and doesn’t shave because it takes too much time.

“I just want to get in and out of the shower! I wanna be like my ancestors and do what I have to do.”

Do you Boo! Ain't no shame in being natural.  
So what can be learned from this red table talk? 
1) Celebrities struggle just like everybody else, regardless of what you see on the gram. 
2) Everyone has something they don't like about themselves no matter how 'perfect' they look to us.
3) We'll always envy others, and so what. As long as we can find something to love about ourselves we'll be fine.  

Watch the show right here!

Did you discover anything from this episode? What's one thing you LIKE about yourself?
Erickka Sy Savané is managing editor of CurlyNikki.com, a wife, mom, and freelance writer based in Jersey, City, NJ. Her work has appeared in Essence.comEbony.com, Madamenoire.com, xoNecole.com, and more. When she’s not writing...wait, she’s always writing! Follow her on TwitterInstagram or ErickkaSySavane.com
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