Jaden models Womenswear for Louis Vuitton


Courtesy Tribune News Service

Jaden Smith at a Heat game.

Tea Smith, Staff Reporter

On Saturday, January 2, Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière announced via Instagram that Jaden Smith would be featured in the Louis Vuitton’s newest ad campaign for SS2016 womenswear.  There is nothing particularly special about him being featured, because celebrities often make appearances in fashion ads like Jaden’s younger sister Willow was featured in a Marc Jacobs ad campaign last year, it is the fact that Jaden is pictured wearing women’s clothing that has caused controversy.

This would not be the first time Jaden has sported a dress, last year he escorted actress Amandla Stenberg to prom in a white skirt and black tux.  A few months later, he was seen in a long floral t-shirt dress at Coachella.  Jaden often dismisses the notion that a certain article of clothing is for women or for men, posting a photo on Instagram last year with the caption “Went To TopShop To Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean ‘Clothes’.”

Many news outlets and celebrities have praised the ad for its progressiveness and Jaden for challenging the gender stereotypes that are so deeply ingrained in our society. Some people could probably use to remember that artists like Prince have been wearing loads of frilly lace for decades, and no one questions him.  It was not that long ago, in terms of human history, that fashionable men wore “hose” or sheer stockings.

When asked what she thought of Jaden modeling Louis Vuitton’s new womenswear campaign, actress and model, Ruby Rose told Entertainment Tonight that, “I mean he’s so amazing but the reason that’s so special is because that’s how he dresses.  I mean he’s worn a dress numerous times.  It’s not like they just went ‘Okay we’re gonna grab a guy, that’s popular, people like him and put him in a dress and then- it’s not kind of done in a tasteless way.  It’s just this is who he so he’s a fit for this campaign and so I think that’s why it’s special.”

While there is lot’s of criticism of Jaden’s parents and how they raised their children, most people are very open to the idea of blurring the lines of gender roles.

Sarah Matteson, a teacher at IRHS stated, “I think it’s a sign of the times and we’ll probably see more of that [men wearing traditionally female clothes].”

Zach Anderson, another teacher, stated “Back in the 90s, it was considered quite fashionable for young women to wear overalls.  Like legit, ‘Farmer Brown’ overalls.  In fashion years, that’s forever ago, but still.  Trust me when I say it was not a flattering effect on pretty much anyone, regardless of gender.”

Fashion is an ever-evolving thing that has been known to be daring and bold with its trends and styles.