Jada Pinkett Smith says that in her older age she goes to the gym less and looks better. It’s no wonder that people think the actress, wife and mother might just be part superhero.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that it’s about being physical every day,” she says. “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.”
Smith is the covergirl for this week’s issue of The Edit, Net-A-Porter’s weekly digital magazine. She sits back on rooftops on the cover, surrounded by harsh city greys and blues, looking sleek with slicked back hair and a simple, long-sleeved LBD.
Though Smith lives a life surrounded by her fellow megastars in her family, not even superheroes are perfect. After undergoing criticism of her parenting after a photo of her daughter, WIllow, was sitting on a bed with her older friend, Smith still stands by her original defense of her daughter, stating to TMZ that the photo was innocent, had no sexual over or undertones, and that they were sick for implying that about a 13-year-old girl. “Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty,” Smith says, reflecting on the issue today, showing that her defense of daughter and her reaction are just as strong.
Smith also shares her view on feminism and how women are so often only respected conditionally. “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,” say says.
In her support for feminism and the rights of humans in general, Smith promotes fighting human sex trafficking right here in the U.S. Her daughter showed her a campaign about the issue, and after some shame about not realizing that those horrors happen on our own soil, Smith has been using her voice to raise awareness ever since.
Will and Jada have come under fire for relationship rumours for quite some time now, but Smith doesn’t seem to give in or be phased by the words. In fact, she talks about their relationship being better than ever in her interview with the magazine.
“The thing I love is being in a place where it’s just like, Will, to me, encompasses everything,” Smith says. “It’s almost as if calling him ‘my husband’ is too small of a word for what he means in my life.”
Click through the gallery below for more images from the shoot.