In a recent interview with I-D magazine for the fall issue 2017, Paris Jackson takes a stand on society’s perception of the definition of beauty and the effects of bullying. This interview comes on the heels of the recent suicide of a beautiful 13-year old girl (Morgan Musson) who gave up from being bullied for being tall over a period of seven months.
Jackson grew up in a fairytale world of Neverland (2700 acres of fantasy including a zoo) owned by her father, Michael Jackson-the most famous entertainer of our time. Shielded and protected from society, her father led her to believe she was faultless. “I was perfect in my dad’s eyes,” Paris said in an article of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. Until she lost her loving dad (2009 when she was only eleven) from sudden death, she never understood the pressures of society to fit in and be accepted. As an adolescent, reality set in and it stung like a wasp on her self-esteem. Articles began to surface about her parentage because of her pale skin and blue eyes, comments surfaced online about her weight, and being a young girl-she became overwhelmed. Feeling pressured to look, act, and feel a certain way left Paris with doubts of her own purpose and identity. She eluded of battling insecurities she deals with on a daily basis from society and the thwarted views and standards placed on her. After several suicide attempts, Jackson underwent treatment in Utah and connected with her birth mother, Debbie Rowe. Jackson, now has a different outlook on life and is driven to help others overcome bullying. She spends her time posting comments on self-love, self-acceptance, and finding inner peace on Instagram. “I’m not symmetrical, I’m not a size zero, I eat hella burgers and endless amounts of pizza,” Jackson said. “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!” Jackson has turned her torment into teaching and using social media as a positive tool.
“Unfortunately in the world we live in it’s almost impossible to feel comfortable in your own skin 24/7,” she said. “But we’re getting there, slowly but surely.”
Jackson, who has been featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar looking just like Madonna, says beauty should be judged from within rather than on the surface, and that true beauty comes from the heart rather than a number a scale.
Suicide rates doubled among girls and rose by more than 30 percent among teen boys and young men between 2007 and 2015, the updated breakdown from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds. One good resource is the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
We should be alarmed today, yesterday and every day, because every day on average 16 American youth are taking their lives.
Photos courtesy of Today.com. Paris Jackson photo courtesy of I-D magazine.com