(AllHipHop News) Jaden Smith sparked a lot of conversation about gender roles and the image of masculinity when he decided to be a model for Louis Vuitton’s womenswear campaign. His father, Will Smith, discussed the 17-year-old’s fashion choices during an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra’s A. Dot.
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“I think it may have been a mistake,” joked Will when asked about giving his kids the ability to express themselves freely. “We may have gone too far.”
Both Jaden and his sister Willow Smith have faced heavy scrutiny for their respective gender-bending appearances. Will spoke about having to handle seeing his children chastised and ridiculed for the clothes they choose to wear.
“There’s really a powerful internal quality as an artist that, as parents, we encourage. You got to get out on the edge. You have to try things. You have to be comfortable doing things that people don’t agree with. And you have to be comfortable doing things that you can fail,” Will stated. “Jaden is 100 percent fearless. He will do anything. 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. He just doesn’t concern himself with what people think.”
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Watch Will Smith’s interview below.