Many were skeptical when it was first reported that Paris Jackson, daughter of the late, great Michael Jackson, was attempting to kick-start a modeling career. Our girl Wendy Williams even made a point to discuss whether Paris was worthy of landing the Rolling Stone cover back in December. But with Paris's increasing exposure and subsequent handling of her platform, she's proving to be a voice supporting diversity in the fashion industry, a sphere that so desperately needs to diversify. Among the rest of the young model set, the most aware seemed to be Bella Hadid, who denounced Trump's immigration ban, citing that she is a Muslim and her dad settled in America after fleeing Palestine as a refugee. But with Paris's heartfelt VMAs speech, where she criticized Nazis and hateful rhetoric far more boldly than our "president," she's pushed to the forefront of entertainment industry wokeness in a time when too many are still silent on issues.
Praising inclusivity and discouraging hate are examples of the poised 19-year-old's openmindedness. Yesterday on Twitter, Paris exemplified her openmindedness again when a Twitter user asked her about her "childhood crush," wondering if it was Zac Efron, due to a meme Paris had posted. This was her breezy response:
The state of Paris's sexuality has been questioned in the past, mostly due to her support of LGBT communities. Gay, a little gay, or not gay at all — who cares?! Sexuality functions on a spectrum, and whether she is part of the community or simply an ally shouldn't make any difference. And in fact, the way in which she nonchalantly fessed up to having it bad for Bey is pretty radical. We need more young, positive role models who treat gender and sexuality in a nonbinary fashion. We're constantly wishing celebs would use their platform for good — and at a young age, Paris is unabashadely doing just that.
We gotta admit, Bey is definitely worthy of first crush status! We see you, Paris. Who was your first crush?
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