Despite having “light skin,” Paris Jackson has spoken about why she considers herself to be a Black woman.
Over the years, many have claimed that the hitmakers daughter is white. However, Paris, the oldest of Michael Jackson’s children has since addressed the topic of her ethnicity.
Debbie Rowe and Michael welcomed Paris into the world in 1998, and she has since continued her father’s musical career.
Together with his siblings, Michael became a music sensation in the 1960s and went on to achieve international recognition. I Want You Back, Blame it on the Boogie, and Can You Feel It are a few of the Jackson 5’s top songs.
Although Michael was African-American and had darker skin when he initially rose to fame, he eventually developed pale skin.
Over the duration of his career, Michael’s look was the subject of considerable media speculation, and he consistently insisted that he had not bleached his skin.
The singer argued in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey that the only cosmetic surgery he’d undergone was a nose job and that the discolouration of his skin was brought on by his Vitiligo, which caused his skin’s colour to change as he aged.
And Paris has since said she identifies as Black because of her father being African-American.
She told the Rolling Stone magazine in 2017: “[Michael] would look me in the eyes and he’d point his finger at me and he’d be like, ‘You’re black. Be proud of your roots.’
“And I’d be like, ‘OK, he’s my dad, why would he lie to me?’ So I just believe what he told me. ‘Cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.”
When the interview was published, Paris faced considerable backlash from people like US talk show presenter Wendy Williams, who said at the time: “I get that she considers herself black and everything, but I’m just talking about the visual because you know… black is not what you call yourself, it’s what the cops see you when they got steel to your neck on the turnpike.
“It’s what they see. But that’s cute and good for her.”
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