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Inside the wardrobe of Jada Pinkett Smith: A look back on the icon’s style

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Oh, what we wouldn't give to take a seat at her red table. Jada Pinkett Smith is the moment. Always ahead of the curve, the actor, singer and poet leads with unflinching honesty and vulnerability, and as her fashion archive proves—an impeccable wardrobe. We have a lot to thank her for. For starters, the two children she birthed, both of whom are overflowing with kinetic creativity. But we're grateful too for her art, her openness, for her refreshing contribution to the narrative of ethical non-monogamy and for being real about her health.

In honour of Jada Pinkett Smith, we dug through her style history and what a journey it's been. From hanging out with 2Pac and Eazy E coated in oversized denim to her more slinky and sultry red carpet moments. Below, find the best of Jada Pinkett Smith's style, a lesson in authenticity.


High school best friends, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac at Baltimore School for the Arts, 1988.


Here the pair are again in 1991.


20 years old and celebrating the 100th episode of A Different World in 1991.


Corey Tyler and Jada Pinkett Smith in February 1992.


Jada Pinkett Smith with Eazy E circa 1992.


A baby-faced Pinkett Smith at McClaren Hall in 1993.


1994 looked like a nice time.


Festival meets red carpet dressing. It's September 1995 and this Angel in a blue dress is attending the premiere of Devil in a Blue Dress.


Leopard print is an MTV red carpet staple, and here Pinkett Smith wears it with flair for the 1997 Awards.


Wearing Versace to the 1997 Vanity Fair Oscars After Party.


A take on the naked dress that is seared into our memory. Here Jada Pinkett Smith is pregnant with Jaden Smith and positively glowing at the 1998 Grammy Awards.


Obsessed with this chocolate leather look at the Return to Paradise premiere in 1998.


Attending the 1999 Grammy Awards in a buttery silk cut out dress with matching headscarf.


Rolling into the premiere of The Matrix in 1999. A cowboy hat to live in.


Attending the 2004 Oscars.


Another Oscars appearance. She never lets us down. Here Pinkett Smith wears Carolina Herrera to the 2007 ceremony.


Deep red realness at the 2010 Tony Awards.


Wearing Versace to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.


A Giambattista Valli Couture moment at The Matrix Resurrections premiere in December, 2021.


Who wouldn't throw themselves in front of a bus for a vintage Issey Miyake gown like this?



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Jada Pinkett Smith in her most recent red carpet appearance at the 2022 Oscars wearing Glenn Martens for Jean Paul Gaultier couture.


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