Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, son of famed parents Will and Jada Smith, knew that from the start, he was not like other kids. “I’ve always looked at life differently,” commented Jaden in a recent interview with Variety Magazine. “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. I could tell I felt about life differently than other kids; I could tell by the way they treated me.”
With the creation of his clothing line, MSFTSrep, Smith is able to give other young people like himself a voice and a place to belong. “It’s pronounced ‘misfits.’ I took the ‘I’ out of ‘misfits’ because we’re a team and there is no ‘I’ in team,” Smith says. “It’s a place for the lost kids and everyone to go, and something for them to have. It is created for the girl that wants to be a tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt, and people try to condemn. We’re here for you. Tell us your stories. If someone at your school’s trying to pick on you, it doesn’t matter because Jaden Smith’s got your back.”
When asked who does he credit for helping him to become the young man that he is today, Smith unquestionably didn’t hesitate and told the magazine, “My parents, of course. My parents told me that the world was harsh and that we had to be strong within ourselves.”
Smith’s role as Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling in Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama series “The Get Down” is now available on Netflix.
Photo: Variety Magazine