Paris Jackson arriving at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California - Feb 12, 2017 Paris Jackson arriving at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California - Feb 12, 2017

Actually, by her own account, Paris Jackson’s style is more “folky.” But you get where we’re coming from.

Paris is second in our It Girls of 2017 Series, and for good reason. In February the daughter of Debbie Rowe and the late Michael Jackson landed the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Soon after, she grabbed headlines for signing with IMG Models, which represents top talent like Alessandra Ambrosio and Candace Swanepoel. Now, following Rolling Stone’s lead, Harper’s Bazaar has chosen her for their own cover.

On the occasions that she’s stepped out on the red carpet, Paris has stylishly held her own standing alongside A-list celebs. The GRAMMYs saw her swathed in a lively striped Balmain creation. Another time she showed off her tattooed arms in a nude Tadashi Shoji dress decorated with feather prints that trailed down a gently pleated skirt. Taking after her dad, Paris is a bit of a chameleon, being compared one minute to Madonna, the next to Miley, the next to Marilyn Monroe.

In addition to her fashion career taking off, Paris officially made her acting debut earlier this month, appearing in an episode of Star. Her father was hailed as the King of Pop, so can we expect Paris to earn her own title among entertainment royalty?

“I was born with this platform,” Paris told Rolling Stone. “Am I gonna waste it and hide away? Or am I going to make it bigger and use it for more important things?”

Becoming a tremendous star is easily within Paris’s reach, but clearly, she has other plans. She’s been outspoken on a variety of social issues ranging from the decline of the Great Barrier Reef to the Dakota Access Pipeline. She even used her GRAMMYs appearance as an opportunity to get her human rights message across.

At age 18, Paris is deliberately stepping into the limelight that has called to her since she was born. In interviews, she’s upfront about how sheltered she was, growing up in Neverland. “Once I got introduced into the real world, I was shocked,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “It blew me away. Not just because it was sexist, but misogynist and racist and cruel.” Stunned and disillusioned, Paris is now on a mission. That can be said of many celebrities of course, but there aren’t many who can match Paris’s passionate fervor and relentless drive.

Maybe that’s partly why headlines like “Meet the Newest Member of Kendall’s A-List Girl Squad” are so jarring, accompanied with photos of Paris strolling side by side with America’s hottest It Girls. Those headlines just don’t quite hit the mark, do they? As usual, the photos tell the full story. This is the sight of two worlds of superstardom colliding. Paris’s appearance is electrifying no matter who she’s standing next to. That would be the case even without any knowledge of her million-watt background, or where she got those eyebrows. If anyone can put this generation of superstars in perspective, Paris can.

Furthermore, when you daydream about what kinds of conversations you’d like  to have with Kendall or Gigi, strategies for how best to save the planet and vindicate the human race probably aren’t the first topics that spring to mind. Yet it’s a pretty safe bet that Paris wouldn’t hesitate to nudge the conversation in that general direction, even during a casual chat with a few of the most powerful celebs on earth. And really, what could be better, more refreshingly relevant, more honest? Paris presents a sense of urgency, of eyes-wide-open realism in the face of the most plastic superficialities. These days, we could all use a little more of that perspective.

One thing’s certain: there’s a new It Girl on the scene. How the scene will impact Paris, and how Paris will change the scene, remains to be seen. We’re rooting for you, Paris. You’ve got our attention. — jas