Paris Jackson might be exactly what the fashion industry needs. A budding young activist, she wants to change the beauty standards being propagated by fashion. The face of Raf Simons’s Calvin Klein – who also happens to be the daughter of the late Michael Jackson - the 19-year old is on a mission to help tackle some of the unrealistic standards of beauty and “leave a positive imprint in the fashion world."
Jackson, who appears on one of i-D’s September issue covers, says, “I want to change this fashion/beauty stigma, so it's not as difficult for people around the world to feel beautiful just the way they are.” For her, this includes tackling "the media and the stereotypical beauty standard that is blasted all over every magazine you see, every article that pops up on your phone screen, every billboard you see.”
One of the fashion industry’s newest darlings, Jackson is profiled in an corresponding article in next month’s i-D. In the interview, Jackson took the opportunity to speak out against fashion’s unrealistic beauty standards, including calling out the current fashion establishment for not straying from the established sample size – size 0 – and the strikingly skinny models brands tap for runway shows and ad campaigns.
"I can't fit into a runway sample size of designer clothes, I have scars and stretch marks and acne and I have cellulite," she told i-D magazine. "The idea that we all have to fit one idea of beauty is outrageous and ridiculous because 'perfection' is just an opinion.”
Additionally, she noted: "I already have many young girls looking up to me and I want to be something their parents are OK with them looking up to."