Jaden Smith, the super-successful son of Hollywood megastars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, has just signed with WME, a Hollywood talent and literary agency. Dateline Hollywood was the first to report the news about Jaden Smith’s new representation, and as reported, Jaden Smith’s signing with WME comes at a very busy time in the 17-year-old star’s career and personal life.
Jaden Smith is starring in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann series The Get Down, which will be premiering on Netflix in mid-August. In that role, Smith’s first serial TV series part, he will be Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling. The character being portrayed by Jaden Smith has been described as “a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer, in the new music-driven drama set in 1970’s New York City.”
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Jaden Smith’s career has skyrocketed in recent months. The actor, dancer, and singer got his Hollywood start alongside his famous dad, Will Smith, in The Pursuit of Happyness. The younger Smith has also starred alongside Hollywood icon Jackie Chan in the wildly successful remake of The Karate Kid. His success as an actor was definitely not enough for Jaden Smith, however, and he’s gone on to make a huge name for himself in the world of fashion.
The 17-year-old has a unique claim to fame, and that’s his gender fluid personal style, which he’s not shy about showing off. Jaden Smith famously attended a high school prom with Amandla Stenberg of The Hunger Games. It wasn’t the high-profile teen pairing that made headlines, though. It was the fact that Jaden decided to omit the traditional prom tux and instead hit the Hollywood event wearing a skirt.
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It wasn’t the first time Jaden Smith would wear traditionally female clothes, nor would it be the last. In fact, Jaden Smith’s willingness to wear what he wants and his utter confidence and apparent comfort no matter what he’s wearing has given him a unique opportunity for a male model. He recently became the first male face of Louis Vuitton’s women’s fashion line.
Jaden Smith will reportedly continue to be represented by Miguel Melendez at Westbrook Entertainment and attorney Jason Sloane even though he has now signed with WME. Prior to signing on with the agency, he had been at Paradigm.
Despite Jaden Smith’s incredible career success (he’s recently been estimated to have a personal net worth, utterly independent of his famous folks, of $8 million), the teenage Hollywood powerhouse is starting to run into controversy in his personal life. This is almost totally thanks to his current girlfriend, Sarah Snyder.
Reportedly, Jaden Smith’s inner circle (including his famous parents) are none too happy about the teen’s new girlfriend. Sarah Snyder has a reputation for drug use, and is the unwitting star of a YouTube video reportedly leaked by a “friend” that shows her snorting a white substance that is identified by a voice in the video as “cocaine.”
At least one photo of Jaden Smith’s girlfriend with a mouthful of pills has also turned up on social media. The pills, which she’s proudly displaying for the mystery photographer, have reportedly been identified as likely Xanax. It has also been widely reported that Jaden Smith’s family is concerned about the age difference between the Louis Vuitton model and his girlfriend, who is either 20 or 21 years old, depending on who you ask.
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Jaden’s new girlfriend, while admittedly beautiful, also has a bit of a shady past. She was arrested and charged for stealing a designer purse worth thousands in 2015. The charges against her were ultimately dropped, but they left a stain on her reputation in Hollywood, according to some with many agencies and studios hesitant to work with her after the scandal.
So far, though, Jaden Smith seems to be turning a deaf ear to critics of his girlfriend and rather choosing to ride high on his current wave of success.
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