Please stop lightening Paris Jackson's skin — thank you

Paris Jackson took to Twitter with a request that shouldn’t have to be made: Don’t lighten her skin. Jackson, who grew up amid persistent rumors about the reasons behind her father Michael Jackson‘s changing skin tone, wants fans to know how proud she is of her complexion.

Jackson is a model signed to IMG, but the problem comes from fans, not branded campaigns. The 19-year-old noticed that her skin color was edited on fan art and took a moment to acknowledge her fans’ support before laying down the law.

“i appreciate everything y’all make for me, i enjoy every single edit i see. 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 finally happy with it,” she wrote.

As Jackson told Rolling Stone, “I consider myself black.” Her mixed-race background has been a source of confusion before, she explained. “Most people that don’t know call me white. I’ve got light skin, and, especially since I’ve had my hair blond, I look like I was born in Finland or something.” For anyone — especially her fans — that’s no excuse for changing her skin tone.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: Paris Jackson attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Gringo' at Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on March 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Actress Paris Jackson attends Amazon Studios' world premiere of 'Gringo' on March 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Paris Jackson attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 90th Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on March 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Paris Jackson attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 90th Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on March 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Paris Jackson attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Actor Paris Jackson attends the Calvin Klein Collection front row during New York Fashion Week at New York Stock Exchange on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Paris Jackson attends WanderLuxxe House hosts 'Common and Friends' Evening of Private Performances presented by Dropbox and Apex Social Club on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for WanderLuxxe )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Actor Paris Jackson speaks during the Women's March Los Angeles 2018 on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Paris Jackson arrives at the Stella McCartney's Autumn 2018 Collection Launch on January 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: Paris Jackson poses at the Myer Marquee on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 7, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sam Tabone/WireImage)
NOVEMBER 6, 2017: MELBOURNE, VIC - (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Paris Jackson poses with 2017 Melbourne Cup runner 'Marmelo' during a media call in Melbourne, Victoria. (Photo by Jason Edwards/Newspix/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson attend the mothers2mothers and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit Dinner on October 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: Paris Jackson attends the mothers2mothers and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit Dinner on October 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actress Paris Jackson attends People's 'Ones To Watch' party at NeueHouse Hollywood on October 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Paris Jackson (L) and Annie Lennox attend Global Citizen Live! at NYU Skirball Center on September 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Paris Jackson attends Global Citizen Live! at NYU Skirball Center on September 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Paris Jackson attends the 7th Annual Wags And Walks Gala at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills on September 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Paris Jackson attends 2017 Harper's Bazaar Icons at The Plaza Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Paris Jackson attends 2017 Harper's Bazaar Icons at The Plaza Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Paris Jackson attends the Refinery29 Third Annual 29Rooms: Turn It Into Art event on September 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Refinery29)
Paris Jackson attends the Calvin Klein Collection fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Millie Bobby Brown and Paris Jackson attend the Calvin Klein Collection fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Paris Jackson attends ELLE, E! & IMG host A Celebration of Personal Style NYFW Kickoff Party on September 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
2017 MTV Video Music Awards ? Photo Room ? Inglewood, California, U.S., 27/08/2017 - Paris Jackson. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Paris Jackson attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between - Arrivals - New York City, U.S. - 01/05/17 - Paris Jackson. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Paris Jackson arrives at the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 21: Paris Jackson attends the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 21, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 21: Boy Georges and Paris Jackson attend the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 21, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 20: Paris Jackson attends the Givenchy Menswear Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 18: Paris Jackson is spotted during a photoshoot at the Eiffel Tower on January 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Paris Jackson arrives at the 18th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
MALIBU, CA - JULY 04: Michael Snoddy and Paris Jackson attend the 'Red, White and Bootsy' 4th Of July Event at Nobu Malibu on July 4, 2016 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 04: Paris Jackson and Michael Snoddy are seen on July 04, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 28: Paris Jackson attends the opening night of Deaf West Theatre's 'Spring Awakening' at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on May 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
GARY, IN - AUGUST 30: Paris Jackson throws out the first pitch at U.S. Steel Yard on August 30, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage)
GARY, IN - AUGUST 30: Prince Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II and Paris Jackson attend the St. Paul Saints Vs. The Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball game at U.S. Steel Yard on August 30, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Paris Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson attend the Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink launch party at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
GARY, IN - AUGUST 30: Prince Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II and Paris Jackson attend the St. Paul Saints Vs. The Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball game at U.S. Steel Yard on August 30, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
GARY, IN - AUGUST 30: Prince Michael Jackson II, Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson attend the St. Paul Saints Vs. The Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball game at U.S. Steel Yard on August 30, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: (L-R) Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson attend the Los Angeles opening of 'Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour' at Staples Center on January 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Paris Jackson attends the Los Angeles opening of 'Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour' at Staples Center on January 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
GARY, IN - AUGUST 29: Prince Michael Jackson I and Paris Jackson attend the press conference for Goin' Back To Indiana: Can You Feel It at the Majestic Star Hotel Lakeshore Ballroom on August 29, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Paris Jackson appears at the Michael Jackson Hand and Footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson and Blanket Jackson appear at the Michael Jackson Hand and Footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Prince Michael, Blanket and Paris Jackson with Justin Bieber attend the Michael Jackson 'Immortalized' hand and footprint ceremony held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Paris Jackson (L) and singer Justin Bieber pose at the Michael Jackson Hand and Footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 03: Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson arrives at the Las Vegas premiere of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino December 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil)
Michael Jackson's children, Prince Jackson (L), Blanket Jackson (C) and Paris Jackson (R) speak on stage during the 'Michael Forever' concert in memory of the late Michael Jackson at The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on October 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Paris Jackson, 13, LaToya Jackson, Prince Jackson, 14, and Blanket Jackson, 9, attend a ceremony to honor their father and brother, the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, California August 8, 2011. Michael Jackson's three children presented the hospital with a gift of 13 pieces of original art created and signed by the late King of Pop. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
From left, Janet Jackson, Paris Michael Katherine, LaToya Jackson, Jermaine Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson I attend a memorial service for music legend Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Tuesday, July 7, 2009. (Photo by Gabriel Bouys/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 07: Paris Jackson, left, Prince Michael Jackson II, center, and Prince Michael Jackson I, children of Michael Jackson, stand on stage during the memorial service for their father at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Jackson's family, friends and music-industry colleagues joined with thousands of fans today to bid farewell to the pop singer at the site where he rehearsed for a series of comeback concerts. (Photo by Mark J Terrill/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Michael Katherine is conforted by her aunts Janet Jackson (R) and LaToya Jackson at a memorial service for music legend Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2009. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS/POOL (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson (C) is comforted by the brothers and sisters of Michael Jackson including Marlon (L) and Randy (2nd L) Jackson at the memorial service for the King of Pop at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2009. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS/POOL (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Jackson's children Prince (L) and Paris accept their father's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on January 31, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Paris Katherine Jackson onstage at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
ENCINO, CA - OCTOBER 27: Paris Jackson (L) and Prince Jackson arrive for Prince Jackson's Heal LA and TLK Fusion Present The 2nd Annual Costume For A Cause at Jackson Family Home on October 27, 2017 in Encino, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
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Fan accounts responded, apologized, and acknowledged that Jackson’s skin may have been, perhaps mistakenly, altered in some photos. Others wrote in to cheer on Jackson’s self-love. “Its 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,” one fan wrote in. “Never change, stand strong!”

As Jackson continues her modeling career, she may continue to face the racist tendencies of photo editors. Kerry Washington has dealt with skin lightening on her own magazine covers — twice! In 2015, fans called out InStyle for making Washington look like “a white woman with no cheekbones.” The following year, Washington made the cover of AdWeek and was surprised to find her skin tone changed. This time, she took the magazine to task herself. “Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling,” Washington said at the time.

Lupita Nyong’o‘s skin was lightened on a 2014 Vanity Fair cover. Nyong’o is still dealing with this issue; this year, Grazia U.K. was forced to apologize after it edited out her natural hair. “Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hairstyle, and texture,” said Nyong’o. The list of black celebrities who’ve had their skin lightened in the media is long — Beyoncé, Rihanna, Gabourey Sidibe, among others.

Kudos to Jackson for drawing a line against Photoshop and skin lightening, even when the editing is from fans.

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