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Willow Smith praises Jaden for challenging the gender binary

‘Males and females are put into boxes of expectation when we are born’

Despite the fact it’s 2016 and most of us know that ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ needn’t be attached to a specific gender identity, sections of society can still feel frustratingly rigid. Even in pop culture, which seems to allow more freedom than ‘real life’, there are certain expectations surrounding how people should look or behave that can be boring at best, and damaging at worst.

To that end, it was pretty refreshing to see Jaden Smith unveiled as the star of Louis Vuitton’s new womenswear campaign. Looking on point in a moto jacket, leather gauntlets and metal embroidered skirt from the SS16 women’s collection, the young actor/musician proved that it’s about time that boys in skirts became the new normal.

Willow Smith was quick to support her brother following the campaign. Posting an image of Jaden and his fellow models on Instagram, the teen feminist commented: “Males and females are put into boxes of expectation when we are born. As we grow we start to realize the damages that those expectations cause to our spiritual and emotional understanding of ourselves and life.”

She then added: “The more we start to realize that we are all the same and infinitely different at the same time, the more we begin to shed those expectations and live free to continue to uplift the essence of Earth.”

Read more about the campaign here and read Willow’s post below: