The strangeness of wearing masks all the time as a child is not lost on Michael Jackson's daughter Paris, though she respects his reasoning behind it.
It was one of the most enduring images from Michael's bizarre life - stepping out with his kids hidden behind masks - at the time and to this day.
Paris Jackson, 14, tells Oprah Winfrey she was as perplexed as anyone.
"I was really confused," Paris admits in an interview to air Sunday. "I didn't get why I was always wearing a mask. But I understand it now."
"The reason why my dad would want our faces to be covered ... it was so when we went out without him we wouldn't be recognized."
Thanks to her late father's efforts, she says, "We had a normal childhood," including trips to the mall, the arcade and Chuck E. Cheese's.
"He told us that he didn't really have a childhood," says Paris. "He would always be stuck in the studio singing while the kids were out playing."
"Really, he just wanted us to have that. "
One thing's for sure, the King of Pop really knew what he was doing in the child-rearing department. Paris, Prince and Blanket all seem like remarkably normal, respectful and well-adjusted young people. Respect.