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Paris Jackson Is Making a Name for Herself – She's Not Just the King of Pop's Daughter, Anymore

Christina Marfice

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

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All grown up

#1/21:

All grown up

You guys, we have to say it: We're so proud of Paris Jackson lately!

She's definitely had her share of ups and downs (the death of her father couldn't have been easy), but she's grown into a super talented young woman.

The past year or so, Paris has totally stepped out of the shadow of her legendary father, Michael Jackson, and is becoming famous in her own right. 

Here's a little to know about her.

Originally published March 2016. Updated May 2017.

#3/21:

She's headed for the big screen

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#3/21:

She's headed for the big screen

Word on the street is Paris will play an edgy 20-year-old named Penny in a dark-comedy thriller alongside Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Thandie Newton. 

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She just made her Met Gala debut

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#4/21:

She just made her Met Gala debut

Paris just hit the Met Gala for the first time last week looking drop dead gorgeous in — you guessed it — Calvin Klein. 

#5/21:

She's a Michelle Obama fan

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#5/21:

She's a Michelle Obama fan

We can't say we were surprised that Paris rocked this funky Michelle Obama shirt at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards — the Obamas just kinda seem like her style.

#6/21:

She got signed by a major agency this spring

#6/21:

She got signed by a major agency this spring

In March Paris was officially signed by mega-agency IMG, the same agency that reps Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Ashley Graham, Erin Heatherton and Gisele — among many other huge talents.

"Thank you @imgmodels i feel very lucky and blessed," Paris wrote on Instagram in response to the announcement.

Obviously IMG has gotten the ball rolling on Paris' career in a huge way, considering all the recent developments.

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She's a cover girl

#7/21:

She's a cover girl

In addition to her in-depth interview on the inside, Paris' stunning photo also appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone's February 2017 issue — before she even got hooked up with IMG.

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She's Michael Jackson's only daughter

#8/21:

She's Michael Jackson's only daughter

Well, duh. But it's clearly had a huge impact on who Paris is growing up to be. 

"They always say, 'Time heals,'" she recently told Rolling Stone about the death of her father. "But it really doesn't. You just get used to it. I live life with the mentality of 'OK, I lost the only thing that has ever been important to me.' So going forward, anything bad that happens can't be nearly as bad as what happened before. So I can handle it."

"I feel him with me all the time," Paris added.

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She believes her dad was murdered

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She believes her dad was murdered

In a recent interview, Paris revealed that she absolutely believes someone killed Michael Jackson.

"He would drop hints about people being out to get him," she said to Rolling Stone. "And at some point he was like, 'They're gonna kill me one day.'"

"Because it's obvious," she added when flat out asked if she thought Michael was murdered. "All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory... but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup."

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She's been cyberbullied

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She's been cyberbullied

Social media has not always been kind to Paris, and she took all kinds of online abuse.

"The whole freedom-of-speech thing is great," she told Rolling Stone. "But I don't think that our Founding Fathers predicted social media when they created all of these amendments and stuff."

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She swears she had a normal childhood

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She swears she had a normal childhood

Even though her dad was the King of Pop, Paris says her childhood wasn't that out of the ordinary.

"We couldn't just go on the rides whenever we wanted to," she said of her dad's Neverland Ranch. "We actually had a pretty normal life. Like, we had school every single day, and we had to be good. And if we were good, every other weekend or so, we could choose whether we were gonna go to the movie theater or see the animals or whatever. But if you were on bad behavior, then you wouldn't get to go do all those things."

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She's politically active

#12/21:

She's politically active

Paris has a number of politically charged posts on her social media and, just like Michael, she seems particularly concerned with protecting the environment.

She also spoke out about the recent Women's Marches.

"Keep fighting the good fight, ladies. every day we get one step closer to equality," she wrote on Instagram.

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She was reportedly engaged

#13/21:

She was reportedly engaged

She dated soccer player Chester Castellaw for almost a year before they suddenly called off their relationship in December. Paris was spotted out with Castellaw wearing a ring, which sparked engagement rumors, but some sources claim she was just wearing the ring for attention.

She's now dating Michael Snoddy, a drummer who plays with the percussion ensemble Street Drum Corps.

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She's seen way too much tragedy for 17 years

#14/21:

She's seen way too much tragedy for 17 years

From Michael's death in 2009, to fighting within her family in the years that followed, to the failing health of the grandparents she lives with, Paris has seen far more than her fair share of tragedy.

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She spends a lot of time with her family

#15/21:

She spends a lot of time with her family

Paris' social media accounts are littered with pictures of her with her brothers Blanket and Prince.

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She's a social media queen

#16/21:

She's a social media queen

Paris' Instagram account has 977,000 followers, and her photos get tens of thousands of likes each.

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She loves to draw

#17/21:

She loves to draw

From doodles to paintings, Paris posts pictures of some of her drawings, and she's definitely talented.

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She's a recovering addict

#18/21:

She's a recovering addict

Paris reportedly spent a year in rehab after attempting suicide in 2013. She now attends AA meetings and seems to be on a better path.

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She has supportive friends

#19/21:

She has supportive friends

A source reportedly told Radar Online that Paris only hangs out with sober friends, and she's posted photos to Instagram of her "sober squad" out on the town.

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She loves animals, especially horses

#20/21:

She loves animals, especially horses

A quick scroll through Paris' Instagram will reveal livestock, dogs and horses. She's an accomplished rider and has been rumored to be planning to start a horse ranch in Utah.

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She loves to be outdoors

#21/21:

She loves to be outdoors

Photos show Paris loves camping, horseback riding, rock climbing and snowboarding, which she calls her "meditation."

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