Yes, that picture you saw of celebrity offspring Jaden Smith rocking a girl’s dress is real!
The 16-year-old rapper and actor was definitely making commentary on the topic of identity and gender politics when he posted #OOTD pictures of himself on Instagram wearing a Topshop black and white striped dress. He also wore the frock while hanging out in his Calabasas neighborhood.
In captioning one of his pictures, “Went To TopShop To Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean ‘Clothes’,” Smith joins the small group of male entertainers and celebrities that took it upon themselves to challenge the predetermined norms of what means to be or dress as male or female. We’re not sure if he did some research prior to his bold move, but before him, Dennis Rodman, David Bowie and plenty of rockers have challenged what it means to be “feminine” or “girly.” Remember the era of “guyliner“?
Smith’s 1.8 million followers on Instagram held their own virtual roundtable discussions about the kind of message he was was sending. Some supported his unorthodox ways, while others questioned if he was executing male bravado blasphemy.
Either way, this is the same kid who challenged the notion that school is important for young people. Most of us gave him a side-eye for that one (easy for a Hollywood child to say), but we can get behind challenging the status quo. Besides, we know how “cute” or acceptable it usually is when a girl dresses like a guy (“tomboy chic”), but a guy is labelled a “wuss” (or other choice words) if he chooses to wear a crop top. Men don’t get some kind of “homegirl trill” stamp of approval.
Now we’re just going to look forward to the day Smith adorns a “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” tee.
What do you think about Smith’s dress? Was it bold commentary or just a cry for attention?