Beyoncé and Willow

When I saw Beyoncé's new video, "Run the World (Girls)," my first thought was, didn't 10-year-old Willow Smith already do the whole feminist-grrrl-in-the-desert thing, minus the booty-shaking and garter belts (thank God), in "21st Century Girl?

Apparently I wasn't the only one who saw similarities. Think maybe Bey is following Willow's lead? Who do you think did it better?


See below a Youtube mash-up of the two videos (at least until it gets yanked by the corporate powers that be), as well as the two original videos.

Beyonce Vs Willow Smith - 21st Century Girls Run The World (Remix)

Run the World (Girls)

21st Century Girl

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Sheryl Huggins Salomon is senior editor-at-large of The Root and a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based editorial consultant. Follow her on Twitter.