It’s not inconceivable that when you are an offspring of the greatest entertainer of all time, many people expect you to follow in the footsteps of your parent and achieve similar success. Model, actress and activist, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, one of three kids and the only daughter of the late pop icon Michael Jackson must have had her fair share of the pressure to be something like her father and maybe more. Born and raised in California, Jackson has dealt with a series of mental health issues in a public space, battling depression, cyberbullying, drug addiction and attempted suicide all in her teen years.
Fortunately for her, Ms. Jackson did not allow all those obstacles and battles to demoralize her and stand in the way of her prospects, given blessings by her grandmother Katherine Jackson the alluring blonde is making serious strides in the high-fashion world and facing the world head-on. Famous last name aside, it is her carefreeness, striking 80’s Madonna-esque features and distinctive appeal that makes her a peculiarly interesting beauty. Whilst she had her debut editorial feature in the indie – Dull magazine in September 2016, it was the February 2017 Rolling Stone cover that catapulted her into the limelight, her first of plenty to soon follow. The charismatic 19year old lent her funky platinum blonde tresses, striking blue-green eyes, gothic-glam, eccentric aesthetic to the publication. Shot by the incredible David LaChapelle and titled Paris Jackson: Life After Neverland, inside she broke her silence, opened up about heartache, life after her the passing of her iconic father amongst other things, and how modelling is therapeutic and helps her deal with self-esteem issues. “Plenty of people think I’m ugly, and plenty of people don’t” she continued. “But there’s a moment where I forget about my self-esteem issues and focus on what the photographer’s telling me – and I feel pretty.”
Jackson burst into the fashion scene almost out of nowhere, from her debut red-carpet appearance at the 2017 Golden Globes afterparty clad in a floor-length floral Tadashi Shoji gown, to Paris Fashion Week front row appearances, at Givenchy and Dior Homme shows, and later a meeting with Christian Dior.
Although she was born into a famous family, Paris admitted to Teen Vogue that she initially had no desires to be in the public eye and that it scared her, but after careful introspection and recognizing the impact she had she decided to give it a go, “There are so many people who work their entire lives to create a platform and mine was just handed to me…. Why not use it for something important?” she said, further explaining that she is not in it for the delicacies that come with fame, but instead for much more noble causes that include; mental health awareness, wellness of animals, the environment and other world social injustices. “I want to actually make a difference” she told the magazine “So everything that I’m doing – the acting, the modelling – it’s all to grow my platform so I can use my voice for things that matter.”
The captivating scion, with 1.7 million followers on Instagram is on a meteoric rise. Since her signing with IMG Models in March this year, she has snagged herself major prestigious magazine covers, including Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar 150th Anniversary issue, Carine Roitfeld (CR) Fashion Book S/S 2017 cover and her first Vogue international cover – all of which is quite significant for the neophyte. Jackson also secured a Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala (MET) invitation, attending the fashion’s biggest annual event as a guest of Calvin Klein and the designer Raf Simmons. She also appeared on the brand’s collaboration music video with the music band – The xx, alongside Millie Bobby Brown and Ashton Sanders.
Perhaps what makes Paris particularly intriguing is not just her distinctive looks, but her demure yet outspoken nature and way of doing things unconventionally. She is accepting and embracing her celebrity inheritance and opportunities that it affords her gracefully, but on her terms. “I really want to leave a positive imprint in the fashion world, mostly regarding the media and the stereotypical beauty standard that is blasted all over every magazine you see, every article that pops up on your phone screen, every billboard you see while you’re driving down the street.”, the Vogue Australia July 2017 cover star said over a text-message interview with the magazine’s editor-in-chief Alison Veness.
Following her acting debut on FOX’s Star, the It-girl is also set to make a movie debut in the David Oyelowo thriller “Gringo” which will release in March 2018, alongside Charlize Theron. Paris is having a better year than many and there is evidently so much more to expect from this bombshell. A girl on the rise indeed!