Paris Jackson covers Vogue Australia: ‘I have young girls looking up to me’

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Paris Jackson gave her second interview via text, this time to Vogue Australia. I would think it would be vexing for an interviewer, having to infer all inflections and emotion into what is typed. And humorous asides would be lost. I feel like something other than laziness is at play in texting interviews, though – like it’s more of a self-preservation thing? In Paris’s case, she lived cut off from the outside world so much of her life and now being out in it, maybe she just feels safer hiding behind a screen. I know she’s the one who turned all the spotlights on her, but it still must be overwhelming and I could see her working out some coping techniques (or someone suggesting them to her).

The editorial is fine. I am not particularly wowed by the fashion or Paris’ modeling in the shots. The cover is the only one I kind of like. As for the interview itself, the few quotes released ahead of the issue are about how she sees herself as a role model to young girls and she reiterates that she’s modeling to build her platform so she can leave a “positive imprint.”

Her causes: “I have so many causes that are dear to my heart and fighting for the people, I feel, is my duty. But right now I’m doing the fashion thing, a huge focus – well, mostly what I’m putting a lot of effort into – is making sure my own personal creativity shows through whatever I’m doing while I’m working.”

Leaving her mark: “I 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.”

On being a role model: “I already have many young girls looking up to me and I want to be something their parents are OK with them looking up to.” 

The five words that define her essence: “Determined, passionate, hopeful, natural and honest.”

[From Vogue and Express]

I like the idea of fighting against the stereotypical beauty standard but isn’t that the very definition of Paris? She’s beautiful but she’s not an unusual beauty. I assume the “fashion thing” is modeling? That is, she hasn’t decided to be a fashion designer in addition to a singer, actor and model, has she? These photos resemble her normal style so I’d believe she had input on her looks. I’m still grappling with her forging a modeling career so she can become well-known and save the world. It’s an interesting approach at the very least. Maybe I am misunderstanding her, maybe it’s the modeling/beauty standards world she plans to change and she’s going to do it from the inside out. I have no idea if that is accurate but it makes a lot more sense to me so I’ll watch how that plays out.

I do think Paris believes what she’s saying – the five words she picked for her essence seem an apt description of her. She’s just so crazy ambitious. I have no problem with her aspirations but I think she thinks they’re all just going to magically happen. And I see why – so far they have. I don’t doubt young girls are looking up to her, she a lovely young lady with a famous name who’s living the dream presently. But it’s her comment, “I want to be something their parents are OK with them looking up to,” that I just love. Every time I want to write Paris off, she says something like this that keeps me interested in her. Like I said, I am interested in seeing how this one plays out.PJ_Vogue

Photo credit: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue and Instagram

 

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  1. scar says:

    Trying to make fetch happen and its working.

  2. Marilynsemptypillbottle says:

    I’m around tween/teenage girls a lot and I have never heard them mention her before. I think she honestly believes that young girls look up to her but I also think that she believes it b/c that’s what her “people” are telling her. She doesn’t even turn the comments on on her instagram posts. How could she possibly know how the public truly regards her. I think Paris means well but she has no clue what’s going on in the real world.

  3. chaine says:

    I always dreamed that there would come a day when a slim, blue-eyed blonde teenager would shatter modeling stereotypes!

    • detritus says:

      i’ve been waiting since girlhood for this very moment! Who ever thought a girl coming from a very rich background, with no real skills and conventional beauty would want to model! I’ve never seen the like!

      I’d like her more if she showed a bit more introspection, its a lot to ask for a teen though.

    • INeedANap says:

      Yeah I am not sure what about her is not stereotypical. She’s tall (5’10″), blonde, young, white, and thin.

      She’s 18 and full of dreams. I hope for her sake they work out in her favor.

    • Dolkite says:

      I hope this sets a precedent and the children of celebrities no longer have to deal with a stigma that prevents people from wanting to hire them.

    • Erica_V says:

      From what I’ve read Paris identifies as mixed race because she believe Michael Jackson is her biological father and therefore would be half black. I think this belief very much changes how she sees herself and the “beauty standards” she sees around her.

      Personally I believe she has two white parents and is white. She believes she has one black parent and one white parent and is mixed.

      I’m not here to debate which is correct but just adding that additional layer of info into this thread.

  4. Babs says:

    How sad this is MJ’s legacy.

    • LuckyZeGrand says:

      Even in his last days,full of drugs,sickly,skinny and ghastly he still had way more charisma than this young girl could ever hope to have.Celebrity offspring should just accept the fact that they will never have the “it” of their parents and use their parents’ influence to actually do some good.

  5. Radley says:

    If she has a real mission and wants to use fame as the platform, fine. Fame destroyed her Dad so I can see her wanting to flip it and use it for good. But I hope she isn’t going the celebutante route of famous-for-being-famous.

    She’s pretty. I hope somebody raised her right. Very hit and miss with the Jackson clan. Time will tell.

  6. emilybyrd says:

    She comes across as a nice person, but also as someone who’s been carefully sheltered and is a bit naive. There’s something endearing about her, and I really hope she and the people looking out for her keep their wits about them. Her innocence and wealth might draw quite a few who are looking to exploit her.

  7. Maum says:

    I’m sorry but no.

    She’s beautiful but so far I’ve not seen her display anything except nepotism. How exactly is she ‘fighting for the people’? What are her ‘many causes’? If she wants to be someone parents want their kids to look up to- give them something!

    What does she even do? I find it shocking how young beautiful rich girls feel they should be role models purely because of their famous parents.

    • Ayra. says:

      Yeah, I’m surely in the minority in thinking this, but she’s just another case of Hollywood’s nepotism.
      Just like Gigi, Bella, Kendall… the difference is she’s very pretty girl with beautiful eyes and her father was talent. But they’re all in the same bag to me.

      I don’t expect her to NOT use her connections, her last name is still Jackson, but I’m not gonna sit here and pretend she’s not on the cover of Vogue already because of her family name.
      I take all of them and compare her to Imaan who has been in so many Vogue edits but won’t get the same recognition.

      (That, and she had no problem dating a blatant racist.. so yeah, she rubs me the wrong way).

    • Cleo says:

      I don’t get why she keeps getting the kid gloves treatment. She comes from an extremely complicated family life and has been through more than her fair share of grief, but…so have a lot of people. She hasn’t done anything meriting all these editorials, and if she really wants to make a change in the world, pursue a career in politics, science, social work, sociology. Don’t look for some deep, metaphysical excuse to be a nepotism model/actress/free spirit.

  8. Saskia says:

    She is striking. All the best to her.

  9. cat1 says:

    I find her more interesting as a * model * than Kylie Jenner or one of the Hadads… so there is that…

  10. Honey says:

    How is she actually fighting for the people? A kid who dresses up and is only a famous because of her father isn’t doing anything for anyone but herself. I don’t find her beautiful and she always sounds like a naive and confused teenager who doesn’t know what she really wants to do yet

  11. Marianne says:

    What is the girl doing (besides being the daughter of someone famous) to warrant all these magazine covers and red carpet appearances?

  12. Jacinda says:

    Miley Cyrus said that she finds Paris J. perfect for the role of young Madonna in a Madonna’s biopic because of their resemblance.

  13. Bethany says:

    The only thing I can say is that she is one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen. Good Lord – her eyes are amazing.

  14. Rebecca says:

    I think she is mostly focused on changing the beauty standard. She’s not the typical rail thin super tall model. I like that.

    She has also been doing some acting lately. It will be interesting to see how she does.

  15. serena says:

    Well, I do think her ‘look’ is quite unusual in the model/acting world .. not amazingly so, but just a little different.