Jada Pinkett Smith Says Barbiecore Is Here to Stay With Her New Hair and Nail Color

The actress chose a pink "sherbet" look.

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Let’s get one thing clear: Jada Pinkett Smith can do no wrong when it comes to beauty. With permanently glowing skin and her signature bold style, the mom of two hasn’t changed a bit since she entered the scene in the ‘90s—save for the occasional (and always on-point) color transformation.

This week, the Set it Off star gave fans just that, premiering a perfectly pink look to celebrate her 52nd birthday. Sharing a snapshot on Instagram, Pinkett Smith showed off a new, rose-gold—or “sherbet” in her words—hair color and a matching, shaped-to-the-nines milky pink manicure.

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Wearing a black turtleneck sweater and architectural silver earrings, her selfie angle (she’s a professional, after all!) was ideal for showing off the slick new hair—not to mention her ever-sculpted cheekbones and softly smoldering eyes. Framed on the side but not forgotten, her almond-shaped nails looked glossy as can be as they grazed her flawless skin.

“This ain’t noth’n but a birthday sherbet surprise within a Virgo sunrise,” Pinkett Smith captioned the photo, adding twinkling star and confetti cannon emojis. In the comments, Hollywood showed up and showed out to send birthday wishes and compliment the new look. “Virgo season's finest. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!” wrote Kerry Washington. “It’s giving what it needs to give. Happy Birthday Queen !” added singer Naomi Achu.

In the past, Pinkett Smith has been open about her struggles with hair loss. She’s been sporting short hair for the last couple years, a decision made after she revealed her alopecia diagnosis during a 2018 episode of Red Table Talk. On August 7, she updated fans on her hair journey, sharing both a photo of a past shaved head and her scalp’s recent growth on Instagram.

“This here hair is act’n like it’s try’n a make a come back. Still have some trouble spots but—we’ll see,” she wrote in the post. A few weeks later, she tried out pink for the first time in recent history, dubbing the color “desert sand.”

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No matter the length or color—rose gold, sherbet, or desert, from pink to gray and back again—there’s one thing we know for sure when it comes to Miss Jada. This birthday girl is perfect in every way.

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.