The Louis Vuitton Spring 2016 womenswear campaign was unveiled this week and, in a surprise to many, revealed Jaden, 17, as its new face.
In a campaign shot by the esteemed fashion photographer Bruce Weber, Jaden wears a pleated skirt, fringed vest and leather jacket while posing alongside three female models.
The response to the latest shoot has been roundly positive, with many praising Jaden for breaking gender stereotypes and highlighting that a skirt, as a piece of clothing, is actually not assigned to just one gender.
Why would it be a problem that Jaden Smith's the new face of Louis Vuitton woman's wear?? What even is a woman wear??? All I see is CLOTHES.— phoni // 106 (@cravinglmj) January 7, 2016
Jaden Smith is amazing for breaking gender roles— Laura (@5sose31d) January 4, 2016
Willow, 15, echoed this support on Instagram by sharing the image and, in typical Smith-sibling fashion, posting a rather philosophical caption alongside it.
“Males and females are put into boxes of expectation when we are born. As we grow we start to raise the damages that those expectations cause to our spiritual and emotional understanding of ourselves and life,” she wrote.
“The more we start to realise that we are all the same and infinitely different at the same time, the more we begin to shed those expectations and live free to continue to uplift the essence of Earth.”
Both Willow and her brother, the daughter and son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, are known for giving meandering, philosophical and at times bizarre answers in interviews. Past highlights include Jaden claiming he speaks ‘Jaden’ not English and Willow disputing the existence of time.
I Don't Want You Guys To Think Because I Was Born In America That I Speak And Abide By English Grammar. I Speak Jaden, Indefinitely.— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) November 3, 2014
He joins a host of other high-profile figures breaking down gender norms such as Miley Cyrus and Ruby Rose, who both voiced identify as gender fluid.
Rose discussed and praised Jaden's latest campaign in an interview with Associated Press, saying: "I mean he’s so amazing but the reason that’s so special is because that’s how he dresses. It’s not like they just went 'OK we’re going to grab a guy that’s popular, that people like, and we’re going to put him in a dress.’ It’s not done in a tasteless way. It’s just this is who he is."
Famous and gender fluid
Famous and gender fluid
1/12 Miley Cyrus
"I didn’t want to be a boy. I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that’s what I had to understand: Being a girl isn’t what I hate, it’s the box that I get put into"
2/12 Tilda Swinton
3/12 Andreja Pejic
4/12 Elly Jackson
La Roux singer
5/12 Milla Jovovich
Model and actress
6/12 Jaden Smith
“All black is pretty much my go-to look. If somebody is just wearing something for the blogs, that's really sad because they're not living for themselves, versus someone wearing a kimono who's having an awesome time. I really look to see, do you care more about what other people think, or are you having fun?”
7/12 Casey Legler
Former Olympic swimmer, now models exclusively for menswear designers
8/12 Jared Leto
Actor and musician
9/12 Glenn Close
10/12 Grace Jones
Actress, singer, and model
11/12 Annie Lennox
12/12 Boy George
Of course, famous men wearing stereotypical ‘women’s clothes’ is nothing new. David Bowie and Prince were flying the flag for gender fluidity decades ago.Reuse content