Jaden Smith celebrates his birthday today. That’s right — fashion’s budding revolutionary is now at the tender age of just 19 years old. It seems surprising, almost, that Will Smith’s son is still a teenager, given his mature stance on gender dressing. That is — he does not see such a thing. Already known for his non-gender binary avant-garde style, Smith is a leading voice for the burgeoning generation of genderless dressers.
As a face for Louis Vuitton, one of the young actor’s most memorable genderless fashion moments was when he modeled in his first campaign for the brand last year — wearing women’s RTW clothing from the label’s spring ’16 collection. The look featured a black moto leather jacket, a fringed top and a metal embroidered skirt that caused quite a stir.
A few weeks later, the fearless fashion maven posted images on his Instagram account of his feature in a Vogue Korea editorial.
This time, the “Karate Kid” actor wore not one but two skirts. One of his looks was even accessorized with a flower adorning his ear, a nod to Smith’s embrace of genderless dressing.
And months later, Smith hit back with yet another editorial featuring non-gender, binary style.
The actor wore an oversized varsity sweater reminiscent of a sweater dress.
Even before his big modeling gigs, Smith was making big waves in the binary fashion conversation.
In 2015, he accompanied actress Amandla Stenberg to her prom. The “Hunger Games” actress wore a dress alongside Smith who wore a skirt/dress himself.
But besides modeling and wearing clothes deemed genderless, Smith also dabbles in designing them. The star has his own gender-neutral clothing line called MSFTSrepublic featuring sportswear pieces such as hoodies, T-shirts, hats and custom pants.
Most recently, he modeled in another campaign for Louis Vuitton in which he wore what some would deem a more masculine fit — though he did sport heeled boots from the label. The same shoes he wore to this year’s Met Gala.
In an interview with British GQ Style, the teenager profoundly explained why he dresses the way he does.
Smith said, “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.”
See some of the fashion kid’s top looks by clicking through the gallery.