Paris Jackson, 18, is making her mark in the fashion realm, posing for her first magazine photo shoot and also spending time in the Paris Couture Fashion Week Circuit. In addition to her success she landed a spot on Rolling Stone’s latest issue.
Paris Jackson appears on our latest cover. Head to RollingStone.com to read the story in full. The 18-year-old candidly discusses Michael Jackson as a father and his private pain in her first in-depth interview. She also opens up about her battles with drug addiction, what childhood was like on Neverland Ranch and her bright future. Photograph by David LaChapelle
In her interview with Rolling Stone, she opened up about how she dealt with her father’s death. She wears her dad’s rope-and-jade bracelet (one he was wearing when he died at the age of 50 seven years ago) as a reminder of him. “It still smells like him,” she says.
The 18-year-old goes on to talk about her tattoos, 50 plus to be exact. Most of her tattoos she got in the last year, in addition to turning 18 last April. Many of her tattoos honor late musicians including John Lennon, David Bowie and Prince. Last May, she debuted cover art on her forearm from her father’s 1989 multi-platinum album Dangerous. The image shows the King of Pop’s eyes in a whimsical frame featuring a monkey, elephant and peacock.
Jackson shared on Instagram last year that all of her body art means something to her — she considers it body armor.
the craftsmanship of tattoos will always be a controversy. some people like them, some people absolutely hate them. i appreciate art, i always have. especially when that art means something to me. today i can look at my inner forearms and see art that has meaning for me, i don't see a dark past anymore. my scars and past of self-hatred have been covered by loving marks, creativity, ingenuity.. and depth. sure i will always carry my past with me, but i see ink as a way of changing for the better, always improving. they represent strength for me. i look back at my old self and then i look in the mirror, and i see a fighter looking back at me. i'll always keep fighting, and encouraging others to stay strong. we all go through hell every now and then but it makes us the warriors of love we were meant to be. so to anyone struggling, it gets better. you're not alone.