May 13, 2017, 12:51 PM ET

Paris Jackson defends her love of nudity: 'It's actually a beautiful thing'

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Paris Jackson doesn't mind baring it all.

The model and daughter of the late pop superstar Michael Jackson recently defended her love of nudity by posting a black and white topless photo of herself on Instagram, explaining why she's embracing her body sans clothes.

"I'll say it again for those questioning what I stand for and how I express myself," she began in a lengthy caption on Instagram. "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," Jackson, 19, added. "For me it helps me feel more connected to Mama Gaia [or Mother Earth]. 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."

Jackson, who recently signed with IMG models, believes nudity is also a way she can convey her feminist ideas. She wrote that nudity is a way to "express yourself in your own way, whether it's being conservative and wearing lots of clothes or showing yourself."

"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," Jackson added.

Jackson said if it makes any of her followers upset, she understands. But she had one suggestion: "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."

Jackson concluded, "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?"

It seems nudity is just another way that Jackson is learning to embrace herself.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Jackson revealed that during her adolescence years, she was constantly criticized by online trolls who mocked her appearance.

Jackson said modeling became cathartic for her.

"I've had self-esteem issues for a really, really long time," she told the magazine. "But there's a moment when I'm modeling where I forget about my self-esteem issues and focus on what the photographer's telling me -- and I feel pretty."

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  • Eddie P Elfman

    She's a lovely girl. I wonder who her biological father is.......

  • Eye Candy

    She looks great. That hair do is super. Those eyes have it. She looks like her mother. Not Michael Jackson DNA at all. Of course that doesn't matter, she is still his daughter.

    I understand she has a good relationship with her mother and spends a lot of time with her.

  • DJ17

    Removing one's clothes for the camera has nothing to do with being talented. Sad to see such delusion in anyone.

  • juneyny

    If nudity is "being healthier", then what is smoking? She's hanging a cig in every pic you see. Just another ill-informed teenager combined with attention seeking. Not a role model.

  • Brian Holmes

    I for one totally agree with her. You show it girl!

  • katerant

    She is really pretty. She is not Michael Jackson's biological daughter though. Adoptive daughter, yes.

  • Donald Johnson

    It's your body & if you want to share photos of it to the world, I say "GREAT" I want to see them. You are a Beautiful young lady & life is up to you.

  • ShawnLetwin

    If it is her own thing, then why share on Instagram?

  • Ronin

    Isn't it odd that a society, which BELIEVES humans were created in the image of their god, views their bodies and the bodies of others as obscene, vulgar and sinful. What a sick view of life religion offers.
    Religion poisons every thing, beginning with childhood.

  • Klem

    Perhaps she might provide some examples of this odd nudity thing to which she refers. You know, so that we may better understand her viewpoint.

  • kcmoedoe

    Hope this nudity thing doesn't catch on. For every Paris Jackson signed by modeling agencies, there are 100's of 300 lb Randy Jackson's working at the local Quickie Marts, and that wouldn't be a pretty thing to see.