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Michael Jackson: Masked for safe-keeping

Michael Jackson had a famous approach to protecting his kids from the paparazzi: The King of Pop made his three kids — Prince, Paris and Blanket — wear masks. While it may not have been the coolest fashion accessory, he used the masks to safeguard his children's identities. After his untimely death in 2009, their grandmother Katherine Jackson made the decision to remove the masks. "They were sheltered a lot when Michael raised them," she told Hello! magazine. "I had thought about it, and I said, 'I am not going to raise them like that.' But Michael had a good reason. He was trying to protect them." Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres, his daughter Paris said that she thought they were "stupid." "I'm like, 'This is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?' But I kind of realized the older I got, he only tried to protect us, and he'd explain that to us too." Joel Ryan / Associated Press
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