Son of Hollywood’s power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith is not just known for his acting and music career but also for his journey through fashion. Not one to be confined by societal norms, Jaden has continuously pushed the envelope, integrating masculine and feminine aesthetics into his style. As reported by the Independent, Jaden explained his mantra:
“You just have to believe in yourself, you know. The world is going to keep bashing me for whatever I do, and I’m going to keep not caring.”
These deliberate choices aren’t just about personal expression — they’re also part of Jaden’s effort to pave the way for future generations, a mission he’s incorporated into his gender-fluid clothing line, MSFTSrep:
“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.”
Now, let’s take a look at the five memorable outfits that have played pivotal roles in Jaden’s gender-defying fashion journey.
1. Louis Vuitton’s Series 4 Womenswear Campaign (2016)
Starting the year off with a bang, Jaden was featured in Louis Vuitton’s Series 4 womenswear campaign dressed in a pleated skirt, crochet top, and a cool leather jacket. It was a move that sparked conversations globally, simultaneously eliciting praise and criticism.
2. Launch of MSFTSrep (2016)
Beyond being a style icon, Jaden took a giant leap in the fashion industry by launching MSFTSrep. His brand, embracing gender fluidity, aims to provide a platform for individuals looking to move beyond the traditional boundaries of men’s and women’s clothing. If you check out MSFTSrep’s catalog, you can spot Jaden wearing vibrant-colored outfits to promote his brand.
3. Met Gala (2017)
In 2017, Jaden graced the Met Gala, an event notorious for its grandeur, strutting the red carpet in a pair of heels. This choice not only added to the glitz and glamour of the night but also brought Jaden forward as a genderqueer fashion icon.
4. Amandla Stenberg’s High School Prom
In a black tuxedo paired with a white skirt underneath a long black tunic, Jaden attended actress Amandla Stenberg’s high school prom. The addition of black pants, sneakers, and a pair of fingerless white gloves refined his look.
5. The Get Down (Netflix Series)
Jaden brought his fashion sense to the small screen as well, with the Netflix series ‘The Get Down.’ Playing the character Marcus Kipling, he engaged in a brief on-screen romantic moment with another man, subtly but poignantly conveying the message of love beyond gender norms.
In 2018, Jaden openly confirmed his relationship with singer-rapper Tyler. His actions and style choices clearly echo his words — he’s striving for a future where the clothes you wear or who you love are not confined to the expectations of gender.