With the many retweets of alien-inspired photo edits of herself, it’s clear that Paris Jackson enjoys coming across her fan art. And although she has no problem with people retouching her photos to give her three eyes and green skin, the actress and model only has one request: stop lightening and darkening her skin tone. In a tweet posted on March 7, she tells her fans, “i am what I am. i’m aware of what I look like and i finally happy with it..”
i appreciate everything y’all make for me, i enjoy every single edit i see. but please stop lightening my skin to make me look more white. and please stop darkening my skin to make me look more mixed. i am what i am. i’m aware of what i look like and i finally happy with it..
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) March 7, 2018
As the 19-year old daughter of the late Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe, Jackson’s skin tone and bi-racial background and identity has been scrutinuzed her entire life. In 2017, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Jackson opens up about identifying herself as black. “Most people that don’t know me call me white,” she told the magazine. “I’ve got light skin and, especially since I’ve had my hair blonde, I look I was born in Finland or something.” But whatever race she identifies with, it’s no excuse for fans to alter her skin tone.
In response to Jackson’s message, fans acted quickly to apologize and reassured Jackson that the change of skin colour may have been a result of over editing, rather than an attempt to shift racial perceptions. Others wrote back messages of self-love and support.
A shame you have to deal with kind of crap but sadly such is the world we live in. I’m glad to hear that you’ve accepted your own imagine. Your gorgeous so I’m always amazed when beautiful people such as yourself have problems accepting themselves. I realize it’s deeper.
— CAPT Matthew Fagan (@fmfagan) March 7, 2018
— Thash (@Thashhh) March 7, 2018
We all Love you for who you are. I think sometimes its not intentionally done, sometimes after a lot of editing it may or may not affect the skin tone. But sorry about it. Again we love you for being you and nothing about that will change ♥
— Paris Jackalope (@parisMJK) March 7, 2018<loth/a>
Jackson isn’t the first star whose complexion has been altered. Magazines like InStyle and Vanity Fair, and brands like L’Oreal have come under fire for lightening the complexions of Kerry Washington, Lupita Ngyong’o and Beyonce. Hopefully, in future, changing skin tones — to fit someone else’s limited, not to mention inaccurate, perception of beauty — stays off limits.