Jada Pinkett Smith in a Superwoman editorial for Net-A-Porter
In a recent editorial in THE EDIT for Net-A-Porter, Jada Pinkett Smith is effortlessly striking in every pose in a series of monochrome stylish dresses. In the feature, Jada shares how she handles the rumors following her, such as Will Smith's infidelity and addresses the infamous picture of Willow Smith with former Hannah Montana actor, Moises Arias. She comments that: "The coping technique is knowing what the truth is – there's no better technique...When you know that what's going on in your house is so the opposite [of what's being said], and you also know that when there's mystery, people fill in the gaps, that's okay."
Both Jada and Will are known for their 'unconventional' and 'relaxed' (some would say) parenting methods which encourages for their children to exercise the right to be who they are, with the determined intention of not falling into the trap of raising them in fear of what their experiences were when they were growing up. As she recalls in a conversation to a friend, she shares that: "our kids are not us. They’re not. Sometimes we’re trying to fix things that happened to us or projecting [onto them], and that’s a terrible, terrible trap.”
On the controversial photo of Moises Arias (20) and Willow (13) in which they are seen hanging on a bed with Moises shirtless, Jada shuts down any critics by reiterating that: “There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it and that’s not cool...Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty”
Her strong physique is one of the many things the actress is admired and loved for, something which she attributes to her being physically active in some form or another every day, whether it be rollerblading, snowboarding or paddle boarding as you may have seen her do in various paparazzi shots. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that it’s about being physical every day. You don’t have to go to the gym if that’s not your thing. You can go outside your door and walk around your block.” She advises that: “You can take a brisk walk, a light jog, a slow stroll if you want!” At 42, the actresses professes that as she's gotten gotten older, "I look better than ever and I work out less. I’m never in the gym for [more than] 45 minutes.”
“It’s really tough. I feel like the connection to the value of women on a bigger scale has decreased tremendously. Even though you look and go, ‘Women have so many opportunities,’ it’s like, ‘Yeah, but at what cost?’ Are women valued for being women, or are women valued when they have more masculine qualities? Men and women encompass both female and masculine energies, but it seems like when the feminine is present, it’s not respected.”
Perhaps the most important message she imparts throughout the interview relates to her view on female empowerment and the work she has carried out so far as a campaigner against sex trafficking, which currently has her working with CNN documentary on human trafficking.
She also dishes on her relationship to husband, Will and invaluably states that: “I had a very stuck IDEA of what a husband and a WIFE should be. Once I broke that, a new WORLD opened for me” A note worth taking.