Paris Jackson Wants to Change Beauty Standards By Being 'Human'

 

Paris Jackson at a fashion event in West Hollywood last April. (Photo: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Paris Jackson just wants to be happy. And also to change the world. That’s what she said in her cover interview for i-D magazine. Via text message, she laid out her big ambitions for promoting body positivity, gender equality, and saving the environment, with the kind of optimism that befits a typical 19-year-old.

In the intro to the unconventional Q&A, writer Tish Weinstock lays out why Jackson’s optimism may be surprising, given her and her brothers’ “privileged — if sheltered and a little strange — existence” growing up with their father, Michael Jackson, followed by the intense media scrutiny she received after his death. Jackson in a tweet does not appear pleased with this recap of her early life.


“The intro is definitely NOT something I gave clearance on… so disappointed. #journalists but my answers were LIT so I’m sharing it anyway,” she tweeted on Thursday morning. This isn’t her first time being disappointed by an interview. In April, she complained about her Harper’s Bazaar cover story, which emphasized a statement she made about her father treating her like a princess.

Those “lit” answers in the i-D interview include how she is heavy into “pipeline s***” and wants to use her power to help save the Earth. She also speaks about her desire to help change the standards of beauty in fashion and the media.

“I still have countless insecurities and fears, like everyone else I know,” Jackson said. “But we’re getting there, slowly but surely. Which is a big reason I want to change this fashion/beauty stigma, so it’s not as difficult for people around the world to feel beautiful just the way they are.”

She said her generation is fed up with the old way of saying beauty is one thing. As an actress, IMG model, and celebrity, she explained what she is doing to make this change happen. “Definitely to talk about it and spread the word, but also to set an example I guess,” she said. “I’m not symmetrical, I’m not a size zero, I eat hella burgers and endless amounts of pizza. I can’t fit into a runway sample size of designer clothes, I have scars and stretch marks and acne and I have cellulite. I’m human. Not a dress-up doll.”

While Jackson sounded fired up about the causes she believes in — and said activists should thank Trump for motivating them — she also said she values her down time. She likes to binge-watch Scandal, read, and hang out with her dog.

“Mellow life is a good life,” she said.

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