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Jaden Smith: 'I want to change the way people think about clothing'

Published 07/07/2016

Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith's famous parents taught him to always be himself "at all costs".

Singer and actor Jaden Smith is determined to continue shunning gender norms when it comes to fashion to make life easier for the next generation.

The 17-year-old has pushed back fashion and gender boundaries in recent years, wearing a black and white dress over black skinny jeans with a black tuxedo jacket to his high school prom last year (15) and posing in Louis Vuitton's SS16 womenswear campaign earlier this year.

The teen has received a mixed reaction to his approach to style, but in a new interview with Nylon magazine, the star insists he is happy to roll with the punches as he continues with his mission to change people's perceptions about style and fashion.

"The world is going to keep bashing me for whatever I do, and I’m going to keep not caring," he said. "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 (Misfits). 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.”

Another way in which Jaden is making a stand for his peers is through his clothing and lifestyle brand MSFTSrep, which consists of a collection of T-shirts, tie-dye socks and joggers.

And he insists his parents, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, are his biggest supporters, telling Nylon they both instilled a great sense of self belief in him from an early age, saying: "The greatest lesson I’ve learned from my parents is to be myself, at all costs, no matter what anybody thinks."

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