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PARIS JACKSON

Photographs by Djeneba Aduayom
Styled by Rebecca Ramsey

As the child of one of the most famous men on the planet, model, actor and now musician Paris Jackson could have become a celebrity brat. Instead, she’s a chilled bohemian with her own musical credentials, finds Kevin EG Perry

Paris Jackson is tired of being told how normal she is. World famous from the moment she was born, Michael Jackson’s only daughter says she has become accustomed to battling preconceived ideas about her character.

‘I’ve had more than a handful of people tell me, “Wow, when I met you I thought you were gonna be a bitch!”’ she says, the expletive barely past her lips before she starts trying to reel it back in. ‘Excuse my language. They’re like: “When I met you I thought you were gonna be a spoiled brat.” While that’s nice to hear, it’s also like, oh, people already think that before they even meet me. A lot of times I don’t have a chance to show people who I really am.’

Now aged 22, Jackson is taking her chance to show the world her true self — musically, at least. Her debut album, Wilted, is a collection of melancholy indie-folk inspired by the likes of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Californian band Grandaddy. While that may sound like a far cry from her father’s remarkable pop oeuvre, she counts his work among her influences, too. ‘I think he’ll always influence everything I do in some way, whether it’s subconscious or intentional,’ she reasons. ‘I was around that creativity all the time, so I’m sure I learnt a lot of what I have from that.’

Valentino silk blouson, £1,790. All jewellery, Paris’s own

“I think [my father] will always influence everything I do in some way, whether it’s subconscious or intentionaL”

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Proenza Schouler blazer, £1,355; trousers, £710

“‘I was always singing growing up. It was cool seeing the look on my dad’s face when he realised I could match pitch and harmonise”

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Kwaidan Editions top, £321; trousers, £643, Prada shoes, £681

“We were very privileged growing up, but when it came to things like getting toys and going on the rides, we had to earn that”

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Givenchy cape, £2,045; slipdress, £3,414

Set design by Cecilio Dolcetto Lara Ramirez.
Hair by Rachel Lee Wright at MA+ Talent using Tangle Teezer and Bumble & Bumble. Make-up by Omayma Ramzy at Walter Schupfer using Dior Backstage Collection and Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Serum