Actor and singer Jaden Smith has been rocking skirts and dresses as a part of his wardrobe since 2015, from wearing a white skirt to Amandla Stenberg's prom to appearing in a women's wear campaign for Louis Vuitton. Smith is even launching his own gender-neutral clothing line. Some people think assembled arrangements of fabric have actual genders, however, and Smith has faced his share of criticism.
Smith took to Twitter to clarify something for his detractors:
His father, actor Will Smith, addressed Jaden's fluidity in an interview with Hello Magazine:
Jaden is 100 percent fearless, he will do anything. So as a parent it’s scary, it’s really terrifying — but he is completely willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think.
Twitter immediately applauded Jaden's truth:
The world needs more people like you. Genuine people who are not going to be stopped by haters. You've got a new fan boy and my respect. By the way I eventually wear kilts and want to go further so will keep an eye for the new wave :)— Desmadri (@desmadri) March 29, 2018
Our aura is the best outfit -- as long as you wear that, who gives a flux. Do you.— Birthday B. (@2BeLou) March 26, 2018
I'm older, but you're my hero. Your courage is other worldly. May I receive a follow back from such an icon?— Bugsy X (@officialbugsy_x) March 26, 2018
And though Smith's statement didn't silence all the haters, others realized that the "gender" of a piece of fabric is dependent on the cultural moment in which it's crafted.
Fans were quick to point out that clothing has jumped from gender to gender for all of existence:
Actually, skirts & heels were originally worn by kings! And then there's the Scottish! On 90* days, there's nothing better than a breeze going thru your ****!— sherrie miranda (@sherpeace) March 29, 2018
Wear whatever you want kiddo. You’re beautiful regardless. And throughout history, men have worn dresses and togas and kilts, so... ❤️👍🏽— Mercurychyld (@Mercurychyld) March 29, 2018
Kudos to Jaden Smith for knowing that in style, rules are meant to be broken and norms are meant to be questioned. Now can we please get a Jaden Smith evening gown collection?
H/T: Huffington Post