Photo of the Day: Jaden Smith challenges gender norms in new Louis Vuitton Ad

2016 is already picking up where 2015 left off in terms of collectively challenging gender norms and stereotypes.

It was announced today via Instagram that Jaden Smith is joining Louis Vuitton’s spring campaign, specifically modeling clothing traditionally associated with women. Though visibility does not necessarily translate to acceptance, Smith’s public gender bending comes at a time when people are beginning to really think about genderqueer and gender non-conforming identity and expressions largely thanks to activists such as Darkmatter, Jacob Tobia, and Sam Brinton. Seeing men’s clothing in unisex contexts is something that is relatively common, but Smith showing feminine expression in a unisex way truly represents a cultural shift.

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Props to Jaden and to Louis Vuitton!

Header Image Credit: ETonline.com



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