Breaking news: Paris Jackson doesn’t give two licks what you think about her bod or how she chooses to bathe it in the sun, au natural.
Over the weekend, the 19-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson posted a photo of herself to Insta Stories (the part of Instagram that works like Snapchat, disappearing into digital nothingness after 24 hours) lying on her back in the sunshine, her pup curled up next to her.
Jackson was loving life, lounging around in the comforts of her own home or someone whom she feels totally comfortable with, sans top (though she’s wearing purple swimsuit bottoms). The star cleverly covered her nipples (yes, female nipples will get you flagged on Instagram) with two ladybug emojis. Adorbs.
But some of Jackson’s fans didn’t think her bare breasts were appropriate, taking to social media to berate the young star.
Gossip Cop has uploaded the image in question here, if you’re curious what all the fuss is over.
Jackson, however, hit back at haters in a post that proves she seriously doesn’t give a flying duck (quack, quack!) what anyone thinks about her showing off some skin.
“Being naked is part of what makes us human,” Jackson writes, noting that when she’s sans clothes (particularly while gardening), it makes her feel more connected. “It’s actually a beautiful thing and you don’t have to make it sexual the way many Hollywood stars (and the media) do.”
She has a point. Our bodies are our own, and if that means some of us want to feel the sun’s rays dance across our bare bellies and breasts, so be it. The confidence to embrace nakedness shouldn’t be rewarded with shame.
i’ll say it again for those questioning what i stand for and how i express myself. nudity started as a movement for ‘going back to nature’, ‘expressing freedom’, ‘being healthier’ and was even called a philosophy. being naked is part of what makes us human. for me it helps me feel more connected to mama gaia. i’m usually naked when i garden. it’s actually a beautiful thing and you don’t have to make it sexual the way many hollywood stars (and the media) do. not only is your body a temple and should be worshipped as so, but also part of feminism is being able to express yourself in your own way, whether it’s being conservative and wearing lots of clothes or showing yourself. there’s different ways of absorbing mother earth’s energy, my favorites are earthing which is absorbing the earths vibrations from contact between the soil and your bare feet, as well as letting your naked skin absorb the rays of the sun. the human body is a beautiful thing and no matter what “flaws” you have, whether it be scars, or extra weight, stretch marks, freckles, whatever, it is beautiful and you should express yourself however you feel comfortable. if this makes some of you upset i completely understand and i encourage you to maybe no longer follow me, but i cannot apologize for this in any way. it is who i am and i refuse to shy away and keep my beliefs a secret. every one as an opinion and every one has their beliefs. we don’t always agree with one another and that’s okay. but again, we are all human, and to appreciate the things that other people do that make us human helps us feel connected. how can that be a bad thing?
“Not only is your body a temple and should be worshipped as so, but also part of feminism is being able to express yourself in your own way,” she writes. “The human body is a beautiful thing and no matter what ‘flaws’ you have, whether it be scars, or extra weight, stretch marks, freckles, whatever, it is beautiful and you should express yourself however you feel comfortable.”
The star then goes on to tell her fans that if the topless snap made them upset, they should probably just unfollow her. ‘Cause there ain’t no apology coming out of this young Jackson’s mouth!
Applause should be given to Paris for standing her ground. And if you’re unsure of how this topless photo sits with you, maybe head up north this summer, canoe to the centre of some remote lake, strip off your bathing suit top and let Mother Nature’s warm breeze and soft rays do its thing. Then see how you feel.