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Jaden Smith Discusses Trendsetting In The Fashion Industry With 'Nylon'

'Nylon’s first solo male cover model.

When it comes to Jaden Smith, the unexpected is always expected. His unique style may not be what you're used to seeing your typical male figure in on a daily basis and he doesn't care what anybody thinks about it.

The fashion forward son to actors, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith has been seen around town wearing nail polish, skirts, and dresses for quite some time now. People began to speculate the child actor was gay due to his attire, but he recently let Nylon know he’s nothing other than a trendsetter.

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Gracing the magazine's cover as their first solo male cover model, Jaden opened up about the way the world views him. Like it or not, Jaden will continue to wear what makes him comfortable, and he’s teaching the younger generation how to overcome bullies and be their number one champions.

“You just have to believe in yourself, you know,” Smith says. “The world is going to keep bashing me for whatever I do, and I’m going to keep not caring. I’m going to keep doing the same things—I’m going to keep doing more things. I’m going to take most of the blows for my fellow MSFTS. 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. 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’s choice of clothing has impacted the fashion industry tremendously and just might change the game. His goal to redefine the norms of dressing based on your gender has landed him several gigs. He created his own clothing company, MSFTsrep, which he revealed last year at BET’s Rip The Runway.

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“Some would call it street goth. I would say it’s a fashion-forward street brand,” Jaden said regarding his clothing line. "It’s a creative work force dedicated to supporting and waking up the population of planet earth, through attaining knowledge and personal growth." His collection incorporates a slew of hoodies, hats, and t-shirts, that are inspired by Basquiat and Einstein’s personal notebooks.

Also, in the beginning of the year, Louis Vuitton announced Smith would be the face of their Spring/Summer ‘16 Womenswear Campaign.

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“He represents a generation that has assimilated the codes of true freedom, one that is free of manifestos and questions about gender,” said Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. “Wearing a skirt comes as naturally to him as it would to a woman who, long ago, granted herself permission to wear a man’s trench or a tuxedo. Jaden Smith conveys something very interesting about the integration of a global wardrobe. He’s found an instinctive balance that makes his extraordinary attitude a new norm. That really inspired me in the creative process for this collection.”

Jaden isn’t the only entertainer whose style has drawn the attention of the public. Rapper Young Thug was recently featured in Calvin Klein’s latest campaign series wearing a dress. His photo marked, “I disobey in #mycalvins,” as his outfit is not transcended from the rules of masculinity. But according to the rapper, that shouldn’t define what type of man you are.

“In my world, it doesn’t matter. You can be a gangster in a dress or with baggy pants. I feel there’s no such thing as gender.”

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