Paris Jackson defends topless photos: ‘I cannot apologise for this in any way’

"I refuse to shy away and keep my beliefs a secret"

Paris Jackson has defended her decision to share topless photos on Instagram.

The 19-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson recently posted a topless photo on her Instagram story, censored by two ladybird emojis. After receiving criticism from some social media users, she has written a long statement on the subject.

Posting another topless photo to her Instagram feed yesterday (May 13), the model and actor wrote: “Being naked is part of what makes us human…  it helps me feel more connected to mama gaia. I’m usually naked when I garden. It’s actually a beautiful thing and you don’t have to make it sexual the way many Hollywood stars (and the media) do.”

She continued: “The human body is a beautiful thing and no matter what “flaws” you have, whether it be scars, or extra weight, stretch marks, freckles, whatever, it is beautiful and you should express yourself however you feel comfortable.”

Addressing critics of her topless Instagram story post, she wrote: “If this makes some of you upset I completely understand and I encourage you to maybe no longer follow me, but I cannot apologise for this in any way. It is who I am and I refuse to shy away and keep my beliefs a secret.”

See the full comment below:

i'll say it again for those questioning what i stand for and how i express myself. nudity started as a movement for ‘going back to nature’, ‘expressing freedom’, ‘being healthier’ and was even called a philosophy. being naked is part of what makes us human. for me it helps me feel more connected to mama gaia. i'm usually naked when i garden. it's actually a beautiful thing and you don't have to make it sexual the way many hollywood stars (and the media) do. not only is your body a temple and should be worshipped as so, but also part of feminism is being able to express yourself in your own way, whether it's being conservative and wearing lots of clothes or showing yourself. there's different ways of absorbing mother earth's energy, my favorites are earthing which is absorbing the earths vibrations from contact between the soil and your bare feet, as well as letting your naked skin absorb the rays of the sun. the human body is a beautiful thing and no matter what "flaws" you have, whether it be scars, or extra weight, stretch marks, freckles, whatever, it is beautiful and you should express yourself however you feel comfortable. if this makes some of you upset i completely understand and i encourage you to maybe no longer follow me, but i cannot apologize for this in any way. it is who i am and i refuse to shy away and keep my beliefs a secret. every one as an opinion and every one has their beliefs. we don't always agree with one another and that's okay. but again, we are all human, and to appreciate the things that other people do that make us human helps us feel connected. how can that be a bad thing?

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Earlier this month it was announced that Paris Jackson would be appearing in her first feature film.

The as-yet-untitled movie tells the story of Harold Soyinka (played by David Oyelowo), a businessman who gets caught up in the drug trade during a trip to Mexico. Jackson will play ‘Nelly’, who is described as “an edgy 20-year-old”.

Amazon Studios’ “darkly comic thriller” will be directed by Nash Edgerton and was written by Anthony Tambakis and Matt Stone.

The cast reportedly includes Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vasquez, Thandie Newton, Sharlto Copley and the director’s brother, Joel Edgerton.

Paris has previously starred in the Fox drama Star and is signed to the prestigious modelling agency IMG.