After years of growing up in the shadow of her father, the king of pop, Paris Jackson is stepping into the spotlight and onto the pages of Harper’s Bazaar for a candid interview about her life.
Taking the cover of the magazine’s 150th-anniversary issue in a plunging black dress, the 18-year-old channels Madonna — circa 1985— as she sits down with the fashion publication to talk fame and politics.
Inside, the teenager, who’s often spotted in the tattoo parlour, jumps for joy in Dior, Chanel and Burberry as photographer Jean-Paul Goode captures magical moments in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
As Jackson’s only girl, Paris admits that she’s always been the apple of her late father’s eye. “When I was a kid, I was with my dad and my two brothers,” she says. “Growing up, I was treated as the favourite because I was the only girl. I was the princess; I was perfect in my dad’s eyes.”
After making her ravishing red-carpet debut at a Golden Globes party last month, it’s clear that Paris is yearning for more of the spotlight, which she’s chosen to leverage to speak out on politics, she reveals. “Plenty of times I’ve thought about not doing anything in the public eye and having my own private life,” she recalls. “Then I started seeing how everything in the world is going and I feel like each year it’s getting worse.”
“I know there are a lot of people who would feel very blessed to be in my position, so I want to use it for important things.”
And though she’s always been thrust into the spotlight against her will, Paris appears to be taking all the attention in stride, shrugging off the negative attention like a Hollywood veteran.
“You’re on their mind—how is that a bad thing? You just can’t care,” she adds. “Not everybody is going to be happy with what you do. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, that’s a problem. If you’re happy, who gives a f*ck?”