Will Smith’s Initial Reaction to Son Jaden’s Gender-Bending Style: ‘You Cannot Wear a Skirt’

“Dad, it’s fine,” the movie star recounts his son saying

Will Smith and Jaden Smith
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Although Will Smith is proud that his son Jaden Smith keeps challenging masculinity norms through fashion, the movie star admitted his initial reaction wasn’t as supportive.

“He is so completely comfortable and confident in who he is and when I look at him, I really admire that,” Smith said in a recent interview with News.Au. “Jaden has his own clothing line and then he started wearing a skirt.”

Smith added, “Then I was like, ‘OK. You cannot wear a skirt.’ He said to me, ‘Dad, it’s fine. It’s going to be so hot all the kids will be wearing it.’ I said, ‘No, the kids are not going to do it because their parents will have sense enough to not let them do it.’ But he’s confident in who he is and who he wants to be.”

In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Smith said that, “Jaden is 100 percent fearless.”

“He will do anything, you know? So 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 just doesn’t concern himself with what people think

At the end of January, Jaden posed shirtless in a skirt with a flower behind his ear for a picture he posted on Instagram.

Jaden also found himself in the headlines recently when he joined the illustrious ranks of models chosen to represent Louis Vuitton — for their new women’s line.