Jaden Smith might just be 18-years-old, yet he seems to have carved his own niche in life by breaking from the norm, discarding tradition and forging his own path especially with fashion.
The young son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett is the cover star of Nylon Magazine August issue and in it he discusses his sense of style which has been termed from weird to cool to in-between.
Jaden who is the face of Louis Vuitton feels as comfortable wearing a skirt as he would wearing a suit, to him a piece of cloth is a piece of cloth and has no monotony for a particular gender.
He intends using his clothing and lifestyle brand MSFTSrep, a collection of T-shirts featuring eye drawings or Martin Luther artwork and French terry straps, tie-dye socks, and joggers, to “inspire and change the way people think about clothing and about life.”
Where does he get his confidence from? And how does he deal with the bullying which usually comes with breaking the norm or what society has construed as acceptable? “You just have to believe in yourself, you know,” Jaden said.
He added, “The world is going to keep bashing me for whatever I do, and I’m going to keep not caring. I’m going to keep doing the same things—I’m going to keep doing more things. I’m going to take most of the blows for my fellow MSFTS. So, you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won’t get beat up and kids won’t get mad at him. It just doesn’t matter. I’m taking the brunt of it so that later on, my kids and the next generations of kids will all think that certain things are normal that weren’t expected before my time.”
While covering British GQ Style this year, Jaden Smith confessed, “I feel like people are kind of confused about gender norms. I feel like people don’t really get it. I’m not saying that I get it, I’m just saying that I’ve never seen any distinction.”
“I don’t see man clothes and woman clothes, I just see scared people and comfortable people.”
To Jaden, there are no man clothes or woman clothes.