Michael Jackson's daughter Paris attends a ceremony where the singer's shoes and gloves are used to make hand and foot imprints in cement in the courtyard of Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on in this January 26, 2012, file photo. Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of late pop star Michael Jackson, was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital on June 5, 2013 after an apparent suicide attempt, her mother, Debbie Rowe, told entertainment TV program "Entertainment Tonight." Image Credit: REUTERS

Paris Jackson, daughter of the late pop star Michael Jackson, says her tattoos are more than just body art; they represent the challenges she has overcome.

The 18-year-old — who attempted to take her own life in 2013 — posted on Instagram on Tuesday, saying that the tattoos have covered the scars on her arms and reminded her that she is “a fighter”.

“I can look at my inner forearms and see art that has meaning for me. I don’t see a dark past anymore. My scars and past of self-hatred have been covered by loving marks, creativity, ingenuity and depth,” Jackson wrote.

“The craftsmanship of tattoos will always be a controversy. Some people like them, some people absolutely hate them. I appreciate art, I always have. Especially when that art means something to me,” she added.

Jackson was photographed with what appeared to be self-harm scars six weeks before she tried to take her own life on June 5, 2013.

Jackson, who was 15 at the time, was admitted to a psychiatric ward after she cut her wrists and took painkillers.