Skai Jackson is an American actress, author, and social media star who rose to fame for her role as Zuri Ross in the Disney Channel sitcoms Jessie and Bunk’d. She is also known for her viral TikTok videos, her book Reach for the Skai: How to Inspire, Empower, and Clapback, and her participation in the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars.
Early Life and Education
Skai Jackson was born on April 8, 2002, in New York City as Skai Jackson. She is of Afro-Honduran and African-American descent. She began her career as a child model, appearing in numerous national commercials for brands such as Band-Aid, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Old Navy.
Jackson graduated from Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in Manhattan in 2020. She also took online classes through the Laurel Springs School.
When she was five, Jackson made her acting debut in the independent film Liberty Kid (2007). She then had guest roles in various television shows such as Rescue Me, Team Umizoomi, Royal Pains, and Boardwalk Empire. She also voiced Little Fish in the animated series Bubble Guppies.
In 2011, Jackson landed her breakthrough role as Zuri Ross, a sassy and witty adopted girl from Uganda, in the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie. She starred alongside Debby Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Karan Brar, and Kevin Chamberlin. The show ran for four seasons from 2011 to 2015, earning Jackson an Image Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Youth.
Jackson reprised her role as Zuri Ross in the spin-off series Bunk’d, which followed the adventures of Zuri and her siblings at a summer camp. She appeared in the show’s first three seasons from 2015 to 2018.
Jackson also appeared in several other Disney Channel projects, such as the television film The Watsons Go To Birmingham (2013), where she played Joetta Watson; the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man (2014), where she voiced Zuri Ross; and the sitcom K.C. Undercover (2016), where she played Abby Martin.
In addition to her Disney Channel career, Jackson ventured into other media platforms. She released her debut book Reach for the Skai: How to Inspire, Empower, and Clapback, in 2019, a memoir and a guide for young people on how to deal with challenges and achieve their goals. She also became a popular TikTok user with over 21 million followers as of 2021. She is known for her humorous and empowering videos addressing social issues such as racism, bullying, and cyber harassment.
In 2020, Jackson competed in the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars, where she was partnered with professional dancer Alan Bersten. She performed various dance styles such as cha-cha-cha, samba, foxtrot, tango, salsa, rumba, jazz, paso doble, jive, Viennese waltz, contemporary, Charleston, and freestyle. She received positive feedback from the judges and viewers for her skills and charisma. She reached the semi-finals and finished in fifth place.
Jackson has also appeared in several music videos, such as Lil Nas X’s “Panini” (2019), where she played a futuristic fan who tries to escape from the rapper; Megan Thee Stallion’s “Don’t Stop” (2020), where she played Alice in Wonderland; and Dixie D’Amelio’s “Be Happy” (2020), where she played one of Dixie’s friends.
Jackson is single as of 2021. She has dated several celebrities in the past, such as Julez Smith (Solange Knowles’ son), Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son), and Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things star).
Jackson is a vegan and an animal lover. She has two dogs named Lilo and Maui. She is also a philanthropist who supports various causes such as anti-bullying campaigns, the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBTQ+ rights, environmental protection, and education.
Skai Jackson Net Worth
Skai Jackson has an estimated net worth of $500 thousand as of 2021. She earned most of her wealth from her acting career and her book sales, endorsements, and social media earnings. She has endorsed brands such as Nike, Clean & Clear, and Mattel.
Skai Jackson stands at 4 feet 11 inches or 150 cm tall. She has a petite build and weighs around 40 kg or 88 lbs. She has black hair and dark brown eyes.
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