Earlier this year, André Leon Talley enthusiastically proclaimed Willow and Jaden Smith "the future of fashion". The children of Hollywood royalty Will and Jada Pinket-Smith, the teenagers have been on the forefront of fashion and social media with their cryptic messages and generally cool vibe.
Interview Magazine recently spoke to the teens. "The two teenage artists project an earnestness and general, as well as gender, nonconformity that happens to align with the fashion industry's present tastes—we believe that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's children and namesakes are the future, and we wouldn't necessarily even narrow the claim to fashion alone".
Will we be able to so easily differentiate between artist, designer, model, and performer in the future? And will those differentiation even matter? Will difference hold back the great merge? Or will industries—be it fashion, music, movies, technology—integrate even more comprehensively than they are now? Maybe in the future, the Buddha will have been right and all will be one.
If increasing intersectionality and multiplicity is where we're headed, the fresh prince and princess of Calabasas are indeed the vanguard. Between them, Jaden, 18, and Willow, 15, have more hyphens in their descriptions than Morse code—which, tbh, they probably speak: recording artists, actors, designers, entrepreneurs ... They check so many boxes that they actually present a few conundrums (and not just the intentionally cryptic koans in which they often speak on social media)."
Read more of the fascinating interview here.