Jaden Smith took some time out of his schedule Tuesday to meet with Kanye West in New York (Kanye reportedly met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower, too). While he was there, Jaden Smith ditched his habit of wearing dresses and skirts to promote his new album with his digs.
As Daily Mail reports, Jaden Smith showed up wearing a custom black hoodie featuring the name of his new single and new album, Fallen. The 18-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith also donned an accessory familiar to anyone who’s seen his new Westworld-themed music video, a Suicidal Tendencies punk band patch on his skin-tight black pants.
Some have alleged that Jaden Smith was engaged in some pretty shameless self-promotion with his clothing during his Kanye visit. It is widely speculated that, during the visit, Jaden also treated Kanye to a taste of his long-anticipated debut album. If his first single, “Fallen,” is any indication, the up-and-coming Jaden Smith album should satisfy both Kanye and his fans. Check it out.
When the paparazzi spotted Jaden Smith on his way to meet up with Kanye, he was seen with a portable speaker (possibly to share his new music with his long-time mentor), as well as a bag bearing the label of Pressed Juicery, know for its juice cleanses. It has been speculated that the juice carried by Jaden Smith was also on its way to Kanye, who had just spent some quality time with the president-elect (Jaden posted a hopeful pic of the duo on Instagram).
Here’s what Jaden Smith’s prestigious pop has to say about raising a boy who (sometimes) wants to dress more like a girl. While Jaden may have had a much higher-profile foray into gender-bending than many, the decisions that Jaden has made and the effect it’s had on his family is something that many across America face every day.
“First of all, I don’t give parenting advice per se, because it’s such a unique task. The greatest human task is to render a human being into the world. What I do with my children, that I feel that the greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are.
“Jada and I are very serious about finding what they are, and encouraging them to be what they are because you can never be happy being what you’re not.”
Not a bad statement from an actor and dad who has always been portrayed as a man’s man and sex symbol, particularly considering that gay rumors have dogged Will Smith throughout his career, even in an earlier era that was much less tolerant and inclusive than the time that Jaden Smith has grown up in.
Jaden Smith has doubled-down on his gender-bending style well beyond simply wearing dresses and skirts. In creating his own fashion line, MSFTSrep, Jaden Smith aimed for being “gender neutral,” if not outright gender-bending. He said as much in an interview, reports Teen Vogue.
“It’s pronounced ‘misfits.’ I took the ‘I’ out of ‘misfits’ because we’re a team and there is no ‘I’ in team. It’s a place for the lost kids and everyone to go, and something for them to have. [MSFTS is for] the girl that wants to be a tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt, and people try to condemn. We’re here for you. Tell us your stories. If someone at your school’s trying to pick on you, it doesn’t matter because Jaden Smith’s got your back.”
Kind of like how Will Smith, the world-famous father of Jaden Smith, has had his son’s back.
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