17 year old Jaden Smith says he wears skirts and continues to fight gender stereotypes because he hopes that one day, it will mean children can wear anything they want without being bullied.
Earlier this year, the actor and son of Hollywood couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, featured in a womenswear campaign for fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton wearing a skirt.
When asked by Nylon magazine where he gets the confidence to keep pushing societal boundaries he said:
“You just have to believe in yourself, you know. The world is going to keep bashing me for whatever I do and I’m going to keep not caring.
“I’m going to take most of the blows for my fellow MSFTS [his brand]. 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,” he said. “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.”
Smith is one of several high-profile individuals challenging gender stereotypes by publicly styling themselves however they wish and rejecting the premise that certain items of clothing are restricted to one gender.