The 18-year-old actor/gender fluid icon covers Variety this week, as part of their “Power of Young Hollywood” issue, saying despite his fame, he’s always felt like an outsider.
“I’ve always looked at life differently,” says the . “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.”
Bless his heart.
He talks at length about his sense of style, his proclivity for wearing Batman costumes and dresses, and his clothing line MSFTS.
“I’ve always been super-duper fly and super-duper different,” he says of his style, adding he’s worn dresses for the last 10 years at least, but it was only fairly recently that it got attention. “People just start caring when they have a reason to start caring,” he says, and cites his style icons: Andy Warhol, the Joker, Poseidon, and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Now Smith has a clothing line on his MSFTSrep site. When asked to elaborate on the collective, Smith says, “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.”
About the clothing line, he goes on to say:
“It was created for the girl that wants to be a tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt, and people try to condemn. We’re here for you. Tell us your stories. If someone at your school’s trying to pick on you, it doesn’t matter because Jaden Smith’s got your back.”
Carry on, Jaden. You be you, because there’s no one else like you out there. As you well know.