Being the offspring of a celebrity comes with it’s woes, especially when your dad is a cultural icon like Will Smith. But somehow 18-year-old Jaden Smith (Happy Birthday!) has managed to stray away from the tacky tabloid stories and teenage rebellion headlines with tactful and artistic grace.
This boy uses his profound love of art and visionary attitude to turn mainstream media on it’s head. In honour of his 18th birthday we’re taking a look at the unconventional ways that Jaden has used to grab our attention and enlighten our minds in recent years!
NYLON COVER BOY
Constantly breaking gender roles, Jaden impresses us again by making history as the first male ever to appear solo on the cover of Nylon Magazine! He sports classic cool guy denim and a femme lace blouse. With a cover like this we can’t wait to see what’s inside. The August issue comes to stands on July 19th, until then his feature story can be found online .
DAT INSTAGRAM DOE
With all things Jaden does, there is a slight bit of confusion and a general sense that we aren’t FULLY understanding what he’s trying to say, his Instagram feed stirs up the same kind of feels. Part art piece, maybe even part satire (@christiangrey is his handle), his Instagram curates his life into one fluid visual and is the best place to get a sense of Jaden’s persona.
Aside from visuals he personally creates, Jaden also has taken part in a number of ad campaigns that *~get his vibe~*. Our favourites to date have to be recent ones for Vogue Korea and the Louis Vuitton ad’s that allowed him to step outside of the norm and embrace differences (all while still looking damn fine).
TRACKS & RECORDS
And finally, it’s not what he’s known for best, but Jaden has been known to lend his voice to choice songs over the years. His ~wordSMITH~ takes his philosophical thoughts and dictates them in perfect prose, not quite rap and not quite singing, just a sort of lyrical poetry that makes you stop and think.