Met Gala 2017: Jaden Smith Carried His Own Hair

Met Gala 2017: Jaden Smith Carried His Own Hair

Hear the story behind his daring accessory choice now.

Hear the story behind his daring accessory choice now.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Jaden Smith knows how to make a statement, whether it's in politics, social issues, or fashion, never afraid to go against the grain at major events. And going by his outfit and choice of accessories at this year’s Met Gala, he knows how to make an entrance as well, walking the red carpet holding his own hair.

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The actor-musician-activist hybrid shaved off his platinum dreadlocks (with assistance from father Will) a few weeks ago in preparation for an upcoming role in Life In a Year, but he wasn’t done with them just yet, letting them make a grand return last night. Was this a subtle statement on the excess of the fashion industry? Or an unconventional tribute to Rei Kawakubo?

Actually, the locks were simply filling in for Jaden’s sister Willow, who wasn’t able to attend the gala. Saving the locks this far in advance and knowing how to make a grand entrance with them only shows incredible foresight and innovation in Jaden, but one would think there’s some bigger message behind it knowing his history.

Jaden kept it simple for the rest of his outfit, to keep the focus on his locks, wearing the New York kid uniform of a black overcoat, skinny black jeans, and black high-heeled boots. But he couldn’t resist adding one more quirky touch, wearing a grill of gold and diamonds to complete the ensemble. Watch Jaden explain his look to Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley below.

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