Will Smith has spoken about his son Jaden’s decision to wear clothes gendered for women, saying he is “terrified” by the implications of it, but proud of him pushing his boundaries.
The Men in Black star spoke to BBC Radio 1Xtra to say his son Jaden is an “artist”, and that he is learning to “be comfortable doing things that people don’t agree with.”
Jaden was last month stripped down to nothing but a skirt for Korean Vogue.
The 17-year-old – who was unveiled as the new face of Louis Vuitton womenswear earlier this month – has been praised for continually breaking traditional gender stereotypes.
His father, Will, told 1Xtra: “Theres a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage. You’ve gotta get out on the edge. You’ve got to be comfortable doing things that people don’t agree with and you’ve got to be comfortable doing things that you could fail.”
He continued: “Jaden is 100 percent fearless. He will do anything. 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 doesn’t concern himself with what people think.”
“Einstein didn’t really like to change clothes because he had too much other stuff to worry about and I’m the same,” he said.
“All black is pretty much my go-to look. If somebody is just wearing something for the blogs, that’s really sad because they’re not living for themselves, versus someone wearing a kimono who’s having an awesome time.
“I really look to see, do you care more about what other people think, or are you having fun?”
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Posted by BBC Radio 1Xtra on Tuesday, February 9, 2016