Last Friday, multiple news outlets released headlines that Paris Jackson, 20-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson, reportedly “stormed out” of Dior’s Couture Spring/Summer 2019 Cruise Collection debut in France.
Not hiding her departure, Paris posted a picture on Instagram revealing just how she spent her time during the show.
On Tuesday, Paris took to Twitter to put an end to speculations once and for all.
to be clear, i did not “storm out” of the show. i quietly got up and walked out trying my hardest to not cause a scene, because i do not support animals being branded and whipped. not trying to become enemies in the fashion world in any way, but i will always be myself.
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) May 29, 2018
As stated on Dior’s website, the Cruise 2019 show was “inspired by Mexican tradition and the spirit of Grandes Écuries de Chantilly.” Accordingly, Page Six notes that the show “featured a re-creation of a Mexican rodeo with all-female riders performing daredevil stunts.”
Key inspirations for the Cruise 2019 collection, the Mexican female riders known as escaramuzas also performed at the show. Backstage their hyper-feminine style, as interpreted by #MariaGraziaChiuri, was expressed in a combination of sleek tailoring, decorative lace and full toile de Jouy skirts. #DiorCruise © @ArnaudLafeuillade
Also contradicting earlier reports, an inside source told People that Paris did indeed leave the fashion event quietly, just as she had stated.
“She was uncomfortable with how the horses were being handled (the whipping sound was loud) so she quietly slipped out,” the source stated. “The ladies performing with the horses were riding side-saddle so they had to use a crop to get the horses to go straight and it was pouring rain with no tent. Paris meant no disrespect to the brand. She loved the collection and had a wonderful time in Paris with Dior.”
An hour after clearing up the rumors, Paris took to Twitter again to leave her followers with some optimism regarding animal cruelty and the fashion industry. We applaud her response.
furthermore, i was not ‘enraged,’ just taken by surprise and a little heartbroken. and i have no doubt that all high end fashion brands will soon switch over to no-fur and anti animal cruelty, as that seems to be the pattern here. and we should all be very excited about that! 🙂
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) May 30, 2018
Dior has yet to release an official statement on the matter.