Her famous late father aside, Paris Jackson is known for being an activist. Her latest political statement: a fashionable FU to the patriarchy.
On Friday, designer Jeremy Scott posted an Instagram photo of the 18-year-old wearing a protest T-shirt that read: “Our voice is the only thing that will protect us.” Scott captioned the photo, “My baby lady @parisjackson wearing the protest tee I designed to remind people to speak up and call their representatives with all our elected senator’s office numbers on the back. #Resist. Power to the people!”
Jackson’s subtle but powerful message was her newest rallying cry. In February, while introducing a performance by the Weeknd and Daft Punk at the Grammy awards, she threw her support to people protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline. “We could do with this much support at pipeline protests,” she said. “No DAPL.” She was also seen attending a DAPL protest in Los Angeles, holding a sign that read, “Children Can’t Drink Oil.” In January, she tweeted at the president, “I hope you realize it’s because of your own words and actions that we will, sir, start a revolution. It will be beautiful,” and “scary times we’re living in. maybe the time has come for the human race to finally learn how to come together for a bigger cause.”
She also caused controversy that same month by declaring in a Rolling Stone interview, “I consider myself black” because her late father would say, “Be proud of your roots.”
Over the past few months, style and politics have overlapped dramatically in a trend called ‘woke’ fashion — during New York Fashion Week Prabal Gurung sent his models down the runway wearing T-shirts emblazoned with statements such as “The future is female” and “Nevertheless she persisted.”
Christian Siriano debuted his “People are people” T-shirt and donated the profits to the ACLU, and Rachel Antonoff announced that she would be giving the proceeds from her 2015 “Randy’s Reproductive Sweater” featuring a uterus design to Planned Parenthood.
Even Vogue editor Anna Wintour chimed in with a “Fashion stands with Planned Parenthood” button she wore to Brock Collection’s show.
Jackson, who explained her struggle to remain a private person and an active media presence, recently told Harper’s Bazaar, “It’s a complicated answer. It’s a feeling of doing something important, that actually matters, that’s going to impact people. Plenty of times I’ve thought about not doing anything in the public eye and having my own private life. Then I started seeing how everything in the world is going. And I feel like each year it’s getting worse.”
Whatever their political views, props to celebs like Jackson for getting involved.
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