Paris Jackson is ready to carve her own path in the world — whether it be in the entertainment business or something entirely different. In the new issue of Vanity Fair, the daughter of the King of Pop was named “It Girl” for May 2017 — discussing her struggles in the spotlight and her future plans, in and out of the industry.
Already making a name for herself as an aspiring model, actress, and singer, Jackson recently signed a contract with IMG Models and secured a guest spot role on Lee Daniels’ girl-group TV series, Star. Mentions of a musical career is not entirely off the table either for the young Jackson — hinting she also enjoys singing and playing instruments. “I haven’t yet felt the need to make a career out of it. We’ll see,” she explains in the magazine.
Although it’s obvious she has the talent and spark for performing, she says she also dreamed of becoming an astronaut, a veterinarian, and a nurse. “I guess the recurring themes was that I wanted to make a difference,” she recalls. Paris is quick to follow through on that desire, bringing attention to the Dakota Access Pipeline issue during the Grammys this year. “It’s unthinkable to dismantle the E.P.A,” she says. “It’s hard to stay focused on the crucial issues with the daily distractions coming from the White House,” alluding to President Trump’s climate-change plans.
Strong and outspoken are two ways to describe Jackson, who is pretty much an open book besides private matters relating to family. Her late father Michael Jackson died when she was only 11-years-old — a challenge she had to face at a young age in the public eye.
However, that won’t affect her own goals and aspirations and continues to find her way, whether it’ll be spent in the spotlight or away from it. But one thing is very clear: “I think it’s important to show our youth that one shouldn’t compare another’s highlight reel to their own behind the scenes,” Jackson says.