Jaden Smith tweets ‘If I Wanna Wear A Dress, Then I Will #ICON’

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Jaden Smith has always pursued his own sense of style. Sometimes I agree with his choices and sometimes I don’t. For instance, I’m not about to use my cut off ponytail as an accessory but I’ll always advocate for any kind of cape. Jaden drew much attention when he started wearing skirts and dresses. His look landed him a gig as the face of Louis Vuitton Womenswear, something I found to be a bold and positive move. I’ve always thought Jaden could really put together an outfit so I liked seeing him as a fashion-forward role-model.

I’ve seen Jaden in mostly menswear for a while now, which is fine, he’s entitled to wear whatever he chooses. When he attended the LV Women’s show earlier this month, he wore a blanket coat and bold jewelry but opted for jeans and sneakers. But maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention because last Sunday night, Jaden tweeted this:

I mean – yes, he should wear what he wants. I have a strong affection for menswear and will wear suits, vests, ties, etc. when it pleases me so if a guy wants to rock a skirt or blouse, more power to him. But I don’t know where this tweet came from – has he recently been challenged? Or maybe this tweet was a teaser of what to expect with his partnership with G-Star on their sustainable denim wear line. But his motivation is not my main concern with this tweet – his quoting himself is. Can you imagine what nonsense will come from people quoting themselves? Entire conversations will require attributions – aren’t things confusing enough right now? Plus, there are plenty of superlatives you may assign yourself but ‘icon’ is not one of them. Especially when you are 19. Maybe Icon-in-Training but that’s as far as I’ll go.

I was going to tease Jaden further but then I read the comments on his tweet and it made me appreciate his stance on bending gender norms in clothing. I hope this empowers some others to dress as they are comfortable. And, as Teen Vogue points out, this isn’t the first-time men have worn dresses/skirts so technically, Jaden use of ‘The New Wave’ is accurate. You do you, Jaden.

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  1. Natalie S says:

    Jaden and Willow both seem like decent kids. It’s a little concerning that they seem so almost lost in a bubble of privilege, but so was Sofia Coppola when she was younger, or at least that’s the impression I got from her interviews. They probably have enough money to be okay.

  2. Sparkly says:

    Icon? Yuck. Not hardly.

    • Krill says:

      Hip hop has always been aspirational and for good reason. Icon is a plug for a song by the same name by the way.

  3. Ramona says:

    This generation is so confused :/

    • Frome says:

      Or maybe older generations are stupid and bigoted? What’s it to you what others wear?

      • Ms. Lib says:

        Some are, some aren’t. Stupidity does not discriminate by generations!
        Taking a knee, wearing a dress, NOT A PROBLEM — gun violence, world hunger, illiteracy — those are issues we should be upset about!

    • MellyMel says:

      Yeah, not really.

  4. Shotcaller says:

    The knives always come out for him. Glad he’s hater proof.

    • Kitten says:

      *opens door to thread and quickly slams door shut*

      The Smith kids are a favorite target around here which is odd because they seem like harmless and interesting people to me. Wonder why so much venom? Hmmmmm……

      • me says:

        I know right? What have they done to make people hate them so much? They aren’t out getting drunk and arrested. They seem like pretty good kids who were lucky enough to be born into fame and wealth.

      • Lyka says:

        I’m pretty sure I catch your meaning, @Kitten.

        Honestly, for a rich ass celeb kid, the dude actually works and pursues interesting projects. Solipsism is a pretty common philosophical position for post-millennial generations, so why can’t Jaden engage in a little self-promo and identity flexing? If SYRE was crap, I’d be quiet, but that album was clearly a heartfelt passion project (and well-produced to boot).

      • Natalie S says:

        +1. I’ve been wondering that myself.

      • jwoolman says:

        I don’t think it’s hate for the kids. It’s sadness that their parents deprived them of the kind of education and experiences that would have allowed them to really do whatever they wanted to do. The Scientology approach plus the my-kid-has-to-be-famous NOW attitude has put limits on them. I think most people realize they are nice kids. They both seem kind.

  5. Smokey says:

    He and Willow have had stylists forever. So is it more accurate to say that Jaden can really put together an outfit or that he can rock his stylists looks? As for him quoting himself, he’s always talked like a permanently stoned high school drop out who left school because he was “too smart” for it and who wants to let you in on the secrets to the meaning of life (right after his second batch of mushrooms have kicked in) so this fits in with my impression of him.

  6. smcollins says:

    He seems to be a nice & decent kid, but “grounded” is not an adjective I’d use to describe him.

  7. TheBee's says:

    A lot of hate going around for a simple statement!

  8. Goats on the Roof says:

    RUDE!

    When my mummy was growing up, she wasn’t allowed to wear pants. Her university dress code and society at large said dresses were more “appropriate” for a lady. Well, after college she did her own thing and I’ve seldom seen her in dresses in my lifetime. She just wanted to wear trousers without anyone sticking their noses in her business. So in that vein, let Jaden wear whatever makes him happy and pipe down, thanks.

  9. Ms. Lib says:

    For gods sake — wear what you want!

  10. bread says:

    Those sneakers are horribly ugly.

  11. boredblond says:

    I think he’d be really shattered to learn nobody cares…

  12. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    He believes he is an icon? 🙄

  13. Enny says:

    #blesshisheart

  14. Emily says:

    A man proudly wearing dresses always makes me think of the Madonna lyric, “Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots cause it’s okay to be a boy. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading cause you think being a girl is degrading.”

    That sums up why, even though this kid is annoying, I appreciate what he’s doing.

  15. psl says:

    This guy is so far up his own ass.
    Get over yourself, Jaden. You annoy 90% of the population. Please, stop talking.

  16. Dr Mrs The Monarch says:

    I get the impression that he is surrounded by yes-men who assure him he is a brilliant artiste. What I see looking at him from outside of his bubble is a teen who was picked to model women’s clothes as a gimmick before he had fully grown and filled out. I wouldn’t be surprised if, now that he has grown into a mature, man’s body and can’t fit a women’s size zero, he has been dumped by some of his former fashion labels. All I see is the fashion world preying upon a young, semi-famous idiot. He wouldn’t be the first teenager used and dumped in the fashion world.

  17. Welp says:

    For being so ~stylish ~ his shoes are boring and ugly.

  18. Hikaru says:

    I am all for boys learning they can wear what they want and have whatever hobbies they want and none of it makes them less of a boy. I was a raging tomboy as a kid I always felt bad for boys who have to hide what they want from their parents.

  19. Pandy says:

    I am Pandy. #ICON

  20. mela says:

    attention slor

    nobody cares

    i’m also wearing mis matching socks. see, no one cares either

    • jwoolman says:

      I finally resorted to socks all of the same color because I just couldn’t match them up under artificial lighting in the early morning… And no, it never really occurred to me to try tying them together during daylight hours.

      I also had to deal with a hole at the top of every one of my knee socks because the cat was banished to my bedroom at night (otherwise she kept others awake running up and down the stairs and periodically dropping a tennis ball down them). The cat amused herself by finding my socks, straddling them and carrying them around in her mouth. Swish, swish, swish. The holes were where her fang bit into them to get a good grip.

  21. LAK says:

    Firstly, he is not stylish at all. He is merely wearing expensive labels. Not the same thing.

    That said, i prefer this phase to the frowny face phase. Thank goodness he is past that phase.

  22. Runcmc says:

    Well the hashtag Icon refers to his song, which is a huge hit. I’m not a fan of Jaden Smith the person (not in his demographic – too old lol!) but that song is really good.

  23. Beth says:

    Just another untalented brat with famous parents

  24. MellyMel says:

    Yes, actually. His music is really good.

  25. Domino says:

    I actually like his and Willow’s albums. The lyrics are a little immature at times, but musically some interesting stuff.

  26. Shotcaller says:

    He’s a dilettante but hardly a brat.

  27. Frome says:

    Jaden is talented though. His acting has had great reviews even when the movie hasn’t and honestly, his music is really good. Considering the mumble drugged out crap his age mates are putting out into the rap sphere, I’m glad he is around.

  28. Sullivan says:

    I loved his character in The Get Down.

  29. Milla says:

    Yup. Will is really talented but his kids… Well, they are good looking. Willow is gorgeous. Maybe they are still too young, but this trend of Beckham’s has to go. You cannot be everything just cos you have famous parents.

  30. Rumi says:

    These kids get alot of hate. I don’t get why as they are not crass, rude, hoity, trying to be relatable.
    They own who they are.
    They are talented.
    They are just being kids. Leave them alone.

    And im all for you do you.

    If you look at some different cultural attire you’ll see many men wear what western people might classify as a dress or skirt. Its not new been done for centuries.

  31. Krill says:

    I saw two songs and was also very pleasantly surprised. I’m told he doesnt cuss on the album? Good for him!

  32. Lyka says:

    @Krill He does curse, but I’ve actually listened closely, and there’s NO misogynistic or homophobic language (in fact he’s surprisingly articulate about his romantic life and male friendships)

  33. hunter says:

    I’m kinda happy for him because everything else he has done up until now has seemed like a serious lack of talent (acting). Good for him.

  34. ZGB says:

    Me too! The character suited him perfectly. I really wish his storyline was bigger.