If you’re rich and famous enough, you can bring anyone you want with you to the Met Gala. Elon Musk and Grimes both brought the most random dates. Jaden Smith is a very special person (just ask him), which means he doesn’t bring a typical date. In 2016 he brought his little sister Willow Smith. Last year he brought his own hair. This year, Jaden walked into the Met Gala accompanied by the gold record he got for his single “Icon.”
Jaden has an actual, real-life girlfriend that he could have brought (Odessa Adlon). But he chose the gold record instead. That’s a good idea, because it saves Jaden a lot of time. I know that if Jaden Smith told me he released a single that sold 500,000 copies, my response would be, “Yeah right, prove it.”
As for how that record fits in with last night’s theme of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, that’s anyone’s guess. Jaden’s outfit was by Louis Vuitton and appears to have taken zero inspiration from Catholicism, Heaven, or even Fashion. Unless Jaden was going for a first year fashion school student who returned to his midwest town for his cousin’s first communion, and really takes a lot of pleasure in telling his aunt that no, he doesn’t do Sears ties anymore.
The only problem with that record – besides being a cringey future reminder of Jaden’s teenage hubris – is that it had to have been a pain in the ass once he was inside. Oh, it’s fun to pose with, but it goes from cool to corny real fast when someone accidentally swipes it at the urinal and you have to retrieve it from the lost and found.