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Will Smith launches new children's book series called 'Fresh Princess'

It's inspired by the actor's role in '90s sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

Will Smith has launched a new children's picture book series, inspired by his role in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'. 
Will Smith has launched a new children's picture book series, inspired by his role in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'. 

The prince of a town called Bel Air has been doing anything but chillin' out maxin' relaxin'. Actor Will Smith, who played said "prince" in '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has in fact been very busy indeed. So he'd like you to take a minute to just sit right there, as he reveals his latest project.

It's a children's picture book series that's been inspired by his role in the American TV show, which ran from 1990 to 1996.

Fresh Princess is the first book in a series about the character Destiny, “a cool, energetic, and strong-willed young girl who approaches every day with her own signature style,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Destiny struggles when she moves to a new neighbourhood. Nothing looks the same as it did at her old house, but, despite the challenges she's up against, she has a plan to continue bringing the fun to any situation.

Smith has partnered with HarperCollins Children's Books and author Denene Millner for a three-book deal.

“I couldn’t be more excited that the character I played for so long could inspire such a fun and empowering book for kids everywhere,” Smith said in a statement to EW. “I know all of my children would have loved Fresh Princess growing up, and being a father who raised a strong daughter I know how important it is to see that type of strength depicted in stories.

"It’s what Jada and I have always championed and shown our kids throughout their lives.”

Margaret Anastas, editorial director of HarperCollins Children’s Books, also said: “Will Smith made the Fresh Prince one of the most memorable characters on TV with his zest for life and willingness to be himself. Destiny brings that same energy to a whole new generation by living her life with joy and confidence – a great message for girls today.”

It's due to be published on April 2.

Updated: February 23, 2019 01:25 PM

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