Paris Jackson Reveals Why She Decided to Step Into the Spotlight

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Paris Jackson at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards.

Photographed by Hedi Slimane, the rising star covers Teen Vogue's latest issue.

Until recently, Paris Jackson preferred to stay out of the spotlight.

However, that's changed in recent months, as she's made several red-carpet appearances, guest-starred on Lee Daniels' Star on Fox and signed on to appear in Nash Edgerton's untitled comedic thriller for Amazon. And there's a reason for that.

"I honestly used to have no motivation whatsoever to be in the public eye; it scared me. I’ve seen what it can do to people, [and] plenty get hurt," Jackson told Teen Vogue's Phillip Picardi — in an interview that was conducted entirely via text message. (Yes, really.) "But after a long time of thinking, I started to really see the kind of impact I already have on people, how I was born with a platform, and I didn't want to waste it. There are so many people who work their entire lives to create a platform and mine was just handed to me.... Why not use it for something important?"

Jackson, who was photographed by Hedi Slimane for her cover story, added: "I want to actually make a difference. So everything that I’m doing — the acting, the modeling — it’s all just to grow my platform so I can use my voice for things that matter." She shared that the civil unrest and political demonstrations in Venezuela have been "heavy on my mind" lately.

The activist's latest interview reiterates the impassioned speech she gave at the Daily Front Row's Fashion Los Angeles Awards in April.

"Do you guys realize the impact that everyone in this room has?" Jackson said as she accepted the emerging talent award. "We have to f—in’ use it, we have to."

She continued: "I know I'm still super green and super young, but I'm very excited for what’s to come. As I accept this award I have to make a promise to everybody in this room, that from this day forward, every step that I take and every decision that I make is with love in my heart and with hope to get one more step ahead in fighting the good fight."

As she told Teen Vogue, activism is her ultimate career ambition.


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