Paris Jackson, the only daughter of world-famous singer Michael Jackson, is gradually becoming a star in her own right. She’s now breaking away from the shadow of her father and forging a different path, in fact. And in October 2017 Jackson used her fame to make a strong statement, calling into question just how we expect young women in the public eye to look.
Paris herself was born in 1998 as the daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe. Her father raised her alone, however, as he had made arrangements with Rowe for custody rights beforehand. And Paris therefore grew up at Neverland, her dad’s ranch, with her brothers Prince Michael Jackson I and Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II.
In fact, Paris has apparently never had much of a relationship with her mother. That’s because Rowe had carried her children mostly for the benefit of Michael, and she considered him the only parent they needed. Indeed, Rowe would explain in 2003 documentary The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See, “My kids don’t call me Mom because I don’t want them to. They’re Michael’s children.”