Paris Hilton in Charge
Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American socialite, actress, singer and businesswoman. She remains a phenomenon, in fact a very popular icon of the 21st Century.
An heir to the famous Conrad Hilton fortune, Paris worked very hard to go from being seen as just another rich girl to being seen as a very rich girl who works very hard to get even richer. Hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, she didn't ask to be born into the lap of luxury.
Paris Hilton was born in New York City, but spent her childhood in Beverly Hills. Paris has Norwegian, German, Italian (from a maternal great grandfather), English, and Irish blood. Her Germanic good looks quickly stood out.
When she hit her teenage years, family friend Donald Trump took her on as a model at his agency. In the early 2000s, Trump told Howard Stern:
Now, somebody who a lot of people don't give credit to but is in actuality very beautiful is Paris Hilton. I've known Paris Hilton from the time she's 12, her parents are friends of mine. And, the first time I saw her she walked into the room and I said, 'Who the hell is that?' At 12, I wasn't interested but she was beautiful.Paris has remained a friend of Donald Trump and supported him during his successful 2016 run for the Presidency in a low-key way.
After working the party scene hard with her sister Nicky Hilton to get noticed, Paris succeeded in winning the attention of Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar De La Hoya. After dallying with them, Paris quickly moved on.
Paris has branched out into many different businesses. For instance, in 2017, Paris announced that she was going to release her 24th fragrance. She is a true tycoon of the perfume industry, one of her lesser-known achievements.
Paris also announced in mid-2017 that she was going to return to television with another reality television show after years of denying any interest in doing another show. That is another avenue for her to express herself and gain new fans.
Paris has said that she likes to watch her old reality television series with her boyfriend.
Paris loves her old reality television series "The Simple Life" with Nicole Richie, but some things about it continue to annoy her:
People think because of the character I played — people assume before they meet me that I’m a really ditzy dumb blonde,” she explained. “That’s the one thing that kind of annoys me sometimes. They just think because of the reality show that’s who I really am. But that was just a character that I created. I didn’t realize what a huge success [it would be] — that I would have to continue playing this character for five years. With everything that’s happening, though, with my business, I think people can understand that you couldn’t possibly get this far being a dumb blonde.
I’m really into butterfly wings! I love wearing them to music festivals.
The notorious Paris Hilton tape - "1 Night in Paris" - was one of the more prominent videos in that strange category of rags to riches (or riches to riches, as was more often the case) sex videos that also suddenly appeared from celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Pamela Anderson.
Paris uttered the usual denials about the sex tape, and a furious legal battle ensued. A judge tossed out Hilton’s $30 million invasion of privacy claim, but awarded her $400,000 from Salomon for invading her privacy. Paris has said she "never made a dime" off the film, but it may have helped her in other ways.
A few weeks after the sex tape appeared, Paris' reality series, "The Simple Life," premiered. This followed a now-standard practice of scandalous material about a starlet appearing by pure happenstance right before some major project of the starlet. Of course, there is no provable connection between Paris and the release of the tape other than... appearing in it. Lizzie Grubman, Hilton's publicist, commented with a straight face:
I think that it is personally embarrassing, a complete invasion of her privacy. But she does have a show to promote, and I think it will help sell the show.It is important to point out that, while Paris may have benefited in one way or another from the tape, that does not mean she had anything to do with its release. And, she denies it. But, as Grubman pointed out so eloquently, it did help her. So, draw your own conclusions.
Paris has made clear her own views of the sex tape, telling Piers Morgan in 2011:
It was the most embarrassing, humiliating thing that's ever happened to me in my life. People assume that ‘oh she’s a slut’ just because of one thing that happened to me and it’s hard, I’ll have to live with that the rest of my life.Without getting snarky about it, Paris also will live with the fame and fortune that the tape's release indirectly helped bring her. So, it the tape likely did humiliate her personally - but most objective viewers of the situation would agree that it also helped to make her richer.
Paris has a history of timing releases for a synergistic effect. To solidify her celebrity, Paris in 2004 released a humorous autobiography co-written by Merle Ginsberg, "Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose." The same year, she released a perfume line by Parlux Fragrances. Both releases, of course, helped to generate publicity for Paris in a synergistic way. That's a sign of a good businesswoman.
In 2005, Paris Hilton published a second book, "Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All to Me." It was the same year that she introduced another fragrance, Just Me. Release a book, and release a fragrance, it all works together.
Paris also has done a little acting. At the height of her notoriety, she appeared in "House of Wax" (2005). Some would say that her various reality television series also involve quite a bit of acting (in fact, that's what Paris herself says, so there is nothing snarky about pointing it out). Paris appeared in four episodes of the Danish version of "Paradise Hotel" in 2013, for which she was reportedly paid $300,000 - quite a sum of money for Denmark (well, for anywhere). Most of Paris' acting since "House of Wax," though, has come as a byproduct of yet another of her many talents: singing.
In 2005 Hilton signed to Warner Brothers records as a singer and began working with producers such as Scott Storch, Tom Whalley, J.R. Rotem, Dr. Luke, Fernando Garibay and Kara DioGuardi. After spending time in the recording studio, Paris in 2006 released a self-titled album. The first single, "Stars Are Blind," did quite well on the charts, debuting in the Top 20. Paris has returned to her singing singing career periodically over the years, and acts in her own music videos.
The album, "Paris," reached number six on the Billboard 200, and has sold over 600,000 copies worldwide. That's not a bad result at all for someone who basically sings as a just one of many outlets for her talent (or "brand," as she calls it).
Paris has her detractors, for sure. Some say that she worked her beauty hard in order to gain fame and money in a manner that was crass and unbecoming. It also is said that she uses people to get ahead, though what this multi-millionaire is getting ahead of isn't exactly clear. Let's be direct: Paris was born ahead and didn't have to lift a finger to stay there. She is hustling hard, and claiming that it is unbecoming for a rich girl to hustle to be a success is a form of reverse snobbism.
That being said, there is no question that Paris Hilton works very hard to achieve her goals. She has branched out in many different directions, and found success in virtually all of them. These include her own fashion line and perfume endorsements, and is a fixture on the paid celebrity circuit at nightclubs around the world. She has indicated that the title she most prefers is that of "businesswoman," and there's no question she is a very good one.
We started a whole new genre of celebrity that no one had ever seen before.
Paris Hilton's trademark phrase is, "That’s hot." She legally trademarked it and thus owns it in various applications.
Nowadays, I feel like it’s so easy becoming famous. Anybody with a phone can do it.
To now see things on the runway, and to see girls wearing things that I used to wear is really cool because nobody really dressed like me back in the day,
Paris Hilton's home was used as a movie set for Sofia Coppola’s "The Bling Ring" in 2013.
Paris Hilton has over 7 million Instagram followers. Her fame is enduring, and we will continue to see Paris Hilton on television, film, the Internet, and everywhere else for years to come.