Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith's Gender-Fluid Fashion: A Cultural Statement


Dec. 24 2023, Updated 9:29 p.m. ET

Celebrities often overshadow their child stars past apart from a chosen few like Jaden Smith. Besides establishing his name as an outstanding actor and rapper, Jaden made an impact in the fashion industry. His style (which can be described as gender-fluidity) may be considered unorthodox, but it’s not too surprising in this era where people are trying to deconstruct fashion and social gender constructions.

When it comes to gender fluid style, no one does it better than Jaden by mixing feminine and masculine aesthetics under a single outfit. Take a look at some of the ways Jaden Smith has been able to express his gender-fluid fashion.

The Moments That Defined Jaden Smith’s Gender-Fluid Fashion

In 2016, dresses and skirts entered the discussion in men’s fashion and were ruled out as female-exclusive attire. Around the same time, unisex clothes became a fashion trend, and Jaden Smith wasn’t shy about showing off his sense of style at barely 17 years old.

Jaden’s fashion statement stirred controversy when he put on a dress without pants and posted the picture on Instagram. The young actor revealed his stance on labeling clothes according to gender and called it outdated. Although he got mocked, this particular moment would go on to establish his influence among teens and young adults.

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It wasn’t long after that Jaden took to Instagram once again to thank Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquière, for giving him an opportunity to express his new fashion sense.

Jaden’s message was clear: clothes shouldn’t have a gender label.

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Founding Jaden Smith’s MSFTS Clothing Line

Apart from being an entertainer and fashion icon, Jaden Smith's entrepreneurial mindset was evident when he launched his clothing line, MSFTSrep, alongside his sister, Willow Smith. Their goal was to make gender-fluid clothes more accessible to the public and make the movement a force to reckon with.

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While speaking to Variety Magazine, Jaden disclosed the origin of the word MSFTS. Since his clothing line defies societal norms, Jaden explained that he simply removed the ‘I’s’ in misfits and birthed MSFTSrep.

Jaden explained his disregard for gender norms and defended his clothing line by saying that the menswear trend for ladies has been mainstream for a very long time. Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres never get bashed for dressing up like men. Jaden expertly busted the double standard in the fashion industry and questioned why men in skirts get bashed.

The rapper called his MSFTS clothing line a safe place for girls who want tomboy outfits and boys who prefer skirts. This brave stance evoked negative and positive emotions among fans, but Jaden wasn’t backing out. He has since been very vocal about his gender-fluid sense of fashion and influenced many young adults and teenagers.

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Jaden Smith Isn’t Slowing Down

Jaden is a household name that is influential among teens and young adults. The actor used his reputation and fame to promote his clothing line and make his gender-fluid fashion a norm. He has been quite vocal, especially on social media, where he uses the platforms to showcase MSFTSrep’s products. With support from family, it looks like Jaden won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

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