Paris Jackson Apologizes for Harper’s Bazaar Cover Controversy

Paris Jackson recently confirmed her sexuality, and drew accusations of hypocrisy for appearing on a magazine cover in Singapore, where being gay is criminalized.

Paris was called out by members of her own community for appearing to endorse a country whose laws regard her very existence as a crime.

Others rose to Paris’ defense, and she issued an apology.

After Gay Star News called out Paris on what they saw as a betrayal of the LGBTQ+ community by one of its own, Paris was quick to apologize.

“i didn’t know,” Paris tweeted, quoting the article. “i am sorry.”

“i was grateful for the opportunity,” Paris added, explaining why she had done the cover photo to begin with.

She is a young model. Despite her fame, she is 20 years old, and being on the cover of a magazine is still a big deal.

“But,” she said. “i’ll delete the post now.”

“i don’t want to be hypocritical or hurt anyone,” Paris continued on Twitter.

Of course she doesn’t! She’s a good person who always lends her voice to good causes and to marginalized communities.

“And my support for my fellow LGBTQ+ community comes first,” Paris affirmed. “Before my love for fashion and gratitude for this opportunity.”

It’s good that she has her priorities in order.

Paris finished that tweet with: “Again, i’m sorry.”

Paris had more thoughts, and it’s god that she shared them — because this is thought-provoking.

“I would like to add though,” Paris tweets. “That someone that is openly a part of the community being on the cover in a country against the community, should be celebrated.”

Representation is important, and a major first step towards acceptance.

Paris asks: “isn’t that a step forward?”

“Again,” Paris reiterates. “I am deeply sorry.”

Paris isn’t getting defensive, but she’s explaining why she took the gig and questioning some of the criticism, which is extremely fair.

“I didn’t mean to be hypocritical or hurt anyone,” Paris makes clear.

In a follow-up tweet, she does have one other line.

“Also,” Paris writes. “That article is ridiculously mean.”

That happens sometimes — some celebrities are nasty people. But is that sort of meanness deserved in Paris’ case?

Paris was on the cover of a magazine. If she were in an ad hyping up tourism for Singapore — or Dubai or, for some reason, Chechnya, this criticism would make a lot more sense.

But a magazine cover is not an endorsement of a country.

And representation can be so important. Paris heard supportive messages from countless fans, including the LGBTQ+ community and folks from Singapore.

When your own country’s laws are against you, seeing someone like you on a magazine cover can give you a spark of hope. Hope can mean survival.

It’s hard to see how Paris was doing a bad thing, there.


Chrissy Metz Goes Glam for Harper’s Bazaar, Sets Inspiring Example

Chrissy Metz has taken America by storm as Kate Pearson.

Playing one of the beloved characters on NBC’s This Is Us, Metz has become a role model for plus-sized women who never thought their body type would be accepted in a leading role on television.

But Metz hasn’t just become accepted.

She’s become a role model.

In the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar, editors even refer to Metz as “Hollywood’s New Pin-Up Girl.”

It’s a title and a pictorial that Metz never (ever, ever, EVER) dreamed she would receive.

“When I first heard Harper’s Bazaar wanted me to be sexy. I was like, ‘Who, me?'” Metz tells the magazine, adding in its feature story:

“I knew y’all were edgy but this is incredible – it’s validation.”

The actress couldn’t contain her excitement on Twitter, either, linking to the official Harper’s Bazaar website and writing online:

“What an amazing honor and privilege full of self discovery! Thank you, thank you, thank you, @harpersbazaarus for this feature and fun.”

The photo shoot paints Metz in a very glamorous light, featuring the rising star in a red swimsuit, as well as a sleeveless, pinup girl-style polka dot sundress.

“I want to wear something because I love it,” the 36-year-old actress says of her style. “Not because it follows the rules.”

It’s pretty clear that Metz isn’t concerned very much with what others think.

Such self-confidence likely helped her land a role on a series that’s already been renewed for two additional seasons.

“If I ever end up on the worst-dressed list, it’s not going to make me fall apart,” she explains, adding:

“I want to look great and feel good and be comfortable, but at the same time, none of this really matters. This is the fun stuff.”

Those who watch This Is Us online or on television each week have fun seeing Metz and her co-stars in action.

But they also have themselves a good cry one or two dozen times per episode as well.

This is an especially sentimental and emotional drama, and it’s one Metz could not be more proud to work on.

She thinks it’s a prime example of how series regulars need not fit into any sort of preconceived notion of beauty or appearance.

“There’s more room for all of us now,” Metz tells Harper’s Bazaar. “No matter our sexuality, race, body size, gender or whatever else.”

And thank goodness for that, right?!?


Ciara: Topless! Very Pregnant for Harper’s Bazaar!

Back in October, Ciara confirmed that she’s pregnant.

In a precious Instagram message that accompanied a photo of her and husband Russell Wilson, the singer wrote the following

“On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family.. and I’m excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give…”

Wilson then shared a post with his own social media followers that was even more specific:

“The Greatest Blessing of All. Forever Grateful.#BabyWilsonOnTheWay.”

However, in case you somehow didn’t believe the stars at the time, Ciara has gone ahead and made it as clear as any mother-to-be could possibly make it:

She really is pregnant!

The artist is featured in a very revealing photo spread for the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar, posing without a shirt on while flaunting her large and beautiful baby bump.

She also has some fun with two-year old son Future Jr. in one photo and gushes over Wilson in the magazine’s interview.

“If someone’s not supporting you and your vision and your dreams, whether it’s your relationship partner, your friend, whomever, then you’ve got to make sure to keep it moving,” she says of Wilson, adding:

“If people aren’t lifting you up, even if you’re the strongest person in the world, eventually it does chip away at you. You don’t even realize that you’re losing yourself.

“And that’s the scariest place to be in life. I don’t want to lose myself. I love myself too much. I love life too much.”

How does little Future feel about becoming a big brother?

“He’ll randomly pull my shirt up and be like, ‘I want to see the baby,’” Ciara tells the publication, quoting her adorable son as saying the following:

“‘Hello, baby. How you doing, baby? I love you, baby. Okay, talk to you later, baby. Bye, bye.’

“Then he’ll kiss me on my belly and put my shirt back down.”

The gorgeous singer and the Super Bowl-winning quarterback got married in July.

They famously refrained from sexual intercourse until they tied the knot, but have clearly banged at least once since becoming husband and wife.

The couple is yet to announce Ciara’s due date, but if you study these photos closely, it’s pretty clear that she’s getting ready to pop.

She could very well be a second-time mother in a matter of days.

And in case you think there’s any feud between her and another famous, pregnant singer, Ciara has this to say about rumors that she doesn’t get along with Beyonce.

“There’s this unspoken word: love,” she says.

“When you meet successful powerful women, you show each other love, because it is a tough environment.”