Out with Stereotypes, in with New Thinking

Jaden Smith and Tess Holliday are shaking up the fashion world.

Unconventionality is on the rise, and 2016 brings hope for broken gender roles and beauty standards. Recently, Jaden Smith announced on his Instagram that Louis Vuitton made him the face of its Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Women’s Wear campaign.

The 17-year-old musician and model is known for making bold fashion statements.

I believe crossing the gender line is just a milestone in what is yet to come from Smith.

“I think it’s amazing that people are finally starting to realize that there are body types that aren’t just skinny or curvy,” said Jazmin Agado, a senior. “And what Jaden is doing is great, so the world can see that you like what you like, regardless of who or what you are.”

Another person making headlines is Tess Holliday, a plus-size model who is slamming beauty standards, especially the ones imposed at Victoria’s Secret. As the world’s first size 22 supermodel, Holliday feels that its companies like Victoria’s Secret are making stereotypes surrounding beauty. All of the Victoria’s Secret models are skinny, despite the company carrying bras up to a size DDD. The company has no representation of plus size women. According to IBIS World, the plus-size industry is a $9 billion industry, so I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is missing out on a business opportunity?

Holliday has been a vocal advocate for body positivity and the term “plus-size.” She has even started #Effyourbeautystandards on Instagram, a movement that has taken over the social media site, promoting millions of users to post pictures embracing their body types.

I’ve noticed my generation is a generation that isn’t restricted to social norms and is willing to embrace change. Many young adults around the nation graduating and entering the real world should embrace their body and ignore social standards. This world is rapidly changing and Generation Z is a great hope for change.