You can catch Jaden Smith in Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down on Netflix as Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, fulfilling a dream of working with the director of one of his favorite films, The Great Gatsby, according to his recent profile in Variety. But that’s keeping Smith from being the person that the internet has come to love over the years.
The bulk of the interview is spent covering his style and the clothing choices he feels are being placed upon society. That’s where his new clothing line, MSFTSrep, comes into play according to Variety. Giving something to “the girl that wants to be a tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt”:
“It’s pronounced ‘misfits.’ I took the ‘I’ out of ‘misfits’ because we’re a team and there is no ‘I’ in team. It’s a place for the lost kids and everyone to go, and something for them to have.”
It’s a fine idea, but the main thrust behind the clothing line seems to be Smith’s style. Variety points this out visually by showing off some of Smith’s influences:
But his main influence appears to be his parents, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, not only because he singles them out as the people who shaped him, but also because they gave birth to him. That’s all it seemed to take for Smith:
“I’ve always been super-duper fly and super-duper different,” he said of his style, adding he’s worn dresses for at least the last 10 years. “People just start caring when they have a reason to start caring…
“I’ve always looked at life differently,” he said. “I always knew no one was going to understand me — since before I could talk — and that’s why I was so quiet. I was very calm, very to myself. I could tell I felt about life differently than other kids; I could tell by the way they treated me.”
The eighteen-year-old has certainly made a mark in his short amount of time on the planet. Not only is he a self-proclaimed prophet and style maker, but Variety shared his plea for people to stop using plastic water bottles, opting to supporting a renewable bottles instead according to USA Today:
“The plastic, that’s the issue,” Smith said Tuesday night. “I want to create a bottle of water that is made from renewable resources, that is not made from plastic, that you don’t need fracking, that you don’t need petroleum, that you don’t need to go to war for this bottle of water,” he said, showing off what looked like a prototype.
— Variety (@Variety) August 17, 2016