Paris Jackson asks fans to stop editing her skin color in photos
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris has issued a plea to her fans, asking them to stop editing images of her in order to change the color of her skin.
The 19-year-old shared a message on Twitter on Tuesday asking fans to stop trying to make her skin look ‘more white’ or ‘more mixed’, insisting that she has finally learned to embrace her natural looks – and is eager for others to do the same.
Paris is just the latest victim in a bizarre social media trend that sees users tweaking images of their favorite celebrities in order to make their skin darker or lighter, however she is one of the first to address it so publicly.
Edit: Paris Jackson took to Twitter on Tuesday to ask her fans to stop editing images of her to make her skin color look lighter or darker
Message: The 19-year-old tweeted out this message telling people to stop making her skin white or black and to just leave her pictures normal
Edited: Images shared on Twitter, such as these, reveal how people have used editing tools and filters in order to make Paris’s skin tone look lighter
Not happy: She noted that it has taken her a while to come to terms with her own appearance, but she is finally happy to embrace her looks
In one of the photos she came across, an account completely changed her skin tone and made her stark white.
She immediately addressed the issue and wrote a heartfelt message to her millions of followers.
‘I appreciate everything y’all make for me, I enjoy every single edit I see,’ she began the message.
‘But please stop lightening my skin to make me look more white and please stop darkening my skin to make me look more mixed.
‘I am what I am. I’m aware of what I look like and I’m finally happy with it…’
In response to the sincere post, Paris received an outpouring of support from fans who shared that they love her and respect her wishes.
One user explained why the editing may have happened in the first place, ‘We all love you for who you are. I think sometimes it’s not intentionally done.
‘Sometimes after a lot of editing it may or may not affect the skin tone. But sorry about it. Again we love you for being you and nothing about that will change.’
‘I’m so sorry Paris. I have never understood why someone would want to change some else’s skin color. It’s really upsetting that you even have to point this out,’ another user wrote.
Support: Many fans had her back and showed that they love her and think she is beautiful
Sorry: One user even apologized on behalf of all social media saying how upsetting it is
Love: Most fans told her that they love her no matter what and they respect her for being who she is
One user wrote, ‘Maximum respect,’ while someone else shared, ‘You’re beautiful the way you were made!’
Meanwhile, in reply to her original tweet one user questioned, ‘Mixed though?’ to which Paris responded, ‘Sometimes peeps say I don’t look mixed enough to be bi-racial.’
While this would affect anyone it is an especially sensitive topic for Paris whose late father Michael Jackson, faced an unending series of questions and criticisms about his skin color throughout his life.
Michael was born black and faced much backlash regarding the color of his skin, after he began lightening it with bleach, and using makeup to change its tone, as well as undergoing numerous surgeries to alter the shape of his face
Paris’s mother Debbie Rowe, however, is white, and the mother-daughter duo have faced much speculation over the teenager’s parenthood, with Oliver! actor Mark Lester insisting in 2017 that he is actually Paris’s real father, having donated his sperm to his friend Michael almost 20 years ago.
The truth about her paternity has come under further scrutiny thanks to Paris’s pale features – particularly her blue eyes.
Insane: Despite Paris’s plea for people to stop changing her skin tone one user painted her black and posted this mean photo in reply
Horrible: This isn’t the first time that social media accounts edited celebrity photos and distorted their faces and skin color, they did it to Beyonce, 36
Whoa: They also completely whitewashed photos of Rihanna, 30, and she looks completely unrecognizable
‘It’s so sad we live in a society where people have to edit things to satisfy their description of what is acceptable to fit into society or what they think society wants to see. Never change, stand strong! You’re Beautiful!’ said one user.
‘Tell them Paris. You are who you are. People need to accept,’ another person shared.
Although the edited photos have since been taken down, more people continue to edit her skin tone in photos and one person even painted her skin black.
This isn’t the first time that people got out of hand with editing photos on social media and it actually happens quite often.
Back in September 2017 users were completely whitewashing photos of Rihanna, 30, and Beyonce, 36.
The edited photos made both women look completely unrecognizable and they even changed around their eye colors in the spooky photos.
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