Emma Willis has opened up on her son’s inspiring dress sense, insisting she will never stop him expressing himself after nine-year-old Ace recently rocked a pink crop top on the presenter’s social media in October and inspired us all.
Since then Emma has spoken about how she encourages her children to march to the beat of their own drum, and is more than supportive of her son smashing gender stereotypes.
Doubling down on her refusal to stifle her kids’ style, she’s spoken on how young ones should ‘explore’ not just with the outside world, but with clothes and hair.
She told The Sun: ‘I think it’s a really individual, personal thing. You know, my son likes what he likes, and far be it for me to stop him expressing himself or experimenting however he likes with clothes.
‘I see it as hair is hair, clothes are clothes and colour is colour. And, you know, if my son wants to wear a pink top, I’m certainly not going to stop him.
‘Let kids explore. Kids love exploring. And they don’t just have to explore in the dirt with worms and spiders, they can explore with colour and clothes and hair. I just let him be him.’
Ace – who Emma shares with husband Matt Willis, as well as Isabelle, 11, and Trixie, four – was hailed as a ‘style icon’ and praised for breaking gender stereotypes when he was seen on social media rocking a pink crop, and Emma previously said she was ‘overwhelmed’ with the support he was met with.
She said during an appearance on Good Morning Britain: ‘He loves colour, he’s always had long hair and he’s a very free and open-minded boy who doesn’t really… he’s like, Why do I have to dress in green and blue and grey if I like pink and red and purple – why isn’t that OK?”
‘He’s kind of always been that way. We, I think, are trying to raise him as a very open-minded and inclusive individual.’
However, speaking about wanting to protect her son amid any critics, she told Fabulous magazine: ‘I’m so protective of my kids and this was just a young boy expressing himself the way he wants to. I thought: “Did you not watch ’80s dance movies? All the boys wore crop tops and it was cool!”
‘He is very individual, he dresses the way he wants and he’s really happy doing that. Why would I try to suppress that?’
Credit: Original article published here.