PARENTS

Will Smith Perfectly Summed Up Why We Shouldn't Impose Gender Stereotypes On Our Kids

Jaden Smith doesn't distinguish between men's and women's clothing.

15/12/2016 12:16 GMT

Will Smith gave some pretty great advice to parents with children who don’t conform to stereotypical gender roles.

The 48-year-old actor touched on the subject because his own son, Jaden Smith, doesn’t distinguish between men’s and women’s clothing.

The 18-year-old has previously been the face of Louis Vuitton’s Womenswear campaign and wore a dress when he attended his prom.

“What I do with my children, that I feel that the greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are,” Jaden’s dad Smith told BET

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Smith continued: “I feel like a lot of times, when I was growing up, I would see parents force a child to be what you want them to be.

“As a parent, if it’s an oak tree, I want it to grow as an oak tree. I’m not gonna try to force it to be an apple tree.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 

Smith’s son has previously spoken out about not conforming to gender stereotypes.

“I feel like people are kind of confused about gender norms,” he told GQ Style in March 2016. “I feel like people don’t really get it.

“I don’t see man clothes and woman clothes, I just see scared people and comfortable people.”

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