Thanks to his penchant for gender-neutral dressing and his endless stream of philosophical tweets, Jaden Smith has become one of Generation Z’s biggest cultural icons.
It seems the kids these days ― like Kylie and Kendall Jenner ― really connect with him. For anyone born before the mid-1990s, however, Smith’s ~ambiguities~ might not make much sense. And he’s totally aware of it.
“I’ve always looked at life differently,” the 18-year-old told Variety in a recent interview. The actor covers the Power of Young Hollywood issue.
“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,” he said. “I could tell I felt about life differently than other kids; I could tell by the way they treated me.”
Smith embraces his unique outlook on life when it comes to his style ― which garnered him a spot in Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2016 womenswear campaign ― as well. To put it bluntly, he doesn’t care what people think.
“I’ve always been super-duper fly and super-duper different,” he said. “People just start caring when they have a reason to start caring.”
Tell ‘em, Jaden.
To read more from Jaden’s interview with Variety, head to their website.