Jaden Smith has been generating a lot of media attention, not for his music, films or his budding relationship with “Sarah Fucking Snyder”. He’s been getting attention because he’s a hero to some and villain to others due to his gender shattering style and views and his most recent gig as the new face of Louis Vuitton womenswear. Some say this history making event should be celebrated but others believe he’s invading transgender turf which apparently is a big no no.
By defying conventional gender stereotypes, Smith has become a representation for those who identify as a non-binary gender (one that is not exclusively male or female). But some have disagreed with his appointment as womenswear rep – notably Katie Glover, who wrote in the Independent yesterday that Smith was encroaching on transgender turf. Glover’s article states that gender stereotypes in clothing exist as a uniform to clarify which gender a person is. She implies we should stick to the stereotypical norm of men wearing trousers, and women wearing skirts or dresses to reinforce this. But claiming that women should have to declare their femininity to show that they’re woman is outrageous – not to mention incredibly old-fashioned.