Paris Jackson, a talented singer-songwriter, recently took to Instagram to hit back at online trolls who criticized her appearance. Jackson, who is no stranger to the spotlight or the scrutiny that comes with it, bravely shared a raw, makeup-free video responding to the negative comments about her looks on her previous post.
The “Hit Your Knees” artist uploaded an Instagram Reel where she appeared bare-faced under regular lighting and wrote a powerful message across it. “For those who penned rather unkind comments about how aged and worn I appear in my last video, this is me with no makeup, no filter, and ordinary lighting,” Jackson wrote. “I’m just 25. So, I’m young and worn out, thank you very much,” she added, with a hint of sarcasm.
This isn’t Jackson’s first rodeo with unsolicited criticism. Last August 29, on what would have been the 65th birthday of her father, the legendary Michael Jackson, she posted a heartfelt tribute on Instagram. However, some users focused on her armpit hair visible as she tied up her hair. Jackson didn’t hesitate to address this on X, previously known as Twitter.
“I wasn’t tying my hair up to flaunt my armpit hair,” she wrote. “I haven’t shaved it for years and often forget it’s there. You need to get over yourselves.” She ended her tweet by saying: “I was pulling my hair up to show off my glass-cutting jawline.”
Jackson has been open about her journey towards self-love and acceptance. In an interview with SPIN magazine last August, she confessed that she feels “the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been.” She shared, “When I look in the mirror, I don’t despise what I see anymore… I strive to treat myself kindly. I have off days where I’m not as gentle with myself as I should be… I don’t do anything perfectly, but I strive to improve every day.”
Jackson’s transformation wasn’t limited to her mindset. She also made significant changes to her lifestyle habits. She took up rock climbing at her local gym, quit smoking half a pack of cigarettes, and broke away from her “very nocturnal” routine. She also began to respect herself the same way she would a loved one.
“Considering myself as a friend, when I don’t maintain or set a boundary, it feels like I’m letting a friend down,” she said. “I feel awful when I let a friend down, so if I do that to myself, it’s like I’m letting a friend down, and that doesn’t feel good anymore.”
Jackson’s story is a powerful reminder that women’s beauty is not defined by societal standards or expectations. Whether it’s choosing not to wear makeup or opting for eyebrow threading or eyelash extensions, the decision lies with the individual. It’s about celebrating your unique beauty and expressing it in a way that feels authentic to you, whether you’re in Scottsdale, Arizona or anywhere else in the world.
In an era where women’s beauty is often scrutinized and judged, Paris Jackson’s response to online trolls is a powerful testament to self-love, acceptance, and the courage to defy societal norms. It’s a reminder that true beauty comes from within and that everyone has the right to define their own beauty standards.