Paris Hilton, the mega-star, is a celebrity all her own, just for being Paris. She’s known the world over not just for being a Hilton Hotel heiress, but for her antics, sex-appeal, and over-the-top behaviour. Paris’ fame has led her to every possible venture, from reality TV, to her own fashion lines, to starring in horror movies, to launching her own perfume and even writing a tongue-and-cheek book about – what else – being an heiress.
When you get the opportunity to know Paris in real life, you quickly realize that her personality is quite different than the roles she plays would suggest. Don’t get me wrong: she’s tough in her own way, and she certainly knows how to play the system, but she’s also very open and vulnerable — something I hadn’t expected at all. And although she does have photos of herself on almost every surface and wall of her home, you get the impression that it’s not because she’s conceited, but because she’s trying to be something to someone, or everyone. Much like Marilyn Monroe, she often reminds me of a vulnerable little girl seeking love and approval. In other words, if you have any compassion, none of these are reasons to hate her.
Here’s what the icon has to say about all the aspects of her life that make her uniquely Paris.
On her heiress status: “I think the biggest misconception about me is that I’m this spoiled brat. But I’m not. I’m the total opposite. I don’t want to be known as the granddaughter of the Hiltons. I want to be known as Paris.”
On people’s misconceptions: “People think I’m stupid. But I’m smarter than most people. I thought it was cute to play a dumb blonde. On TV, I do it because it’s funny. I consider myself a businesswoman and a brand.”
On that infamous sex tape: “I don’t care about that tape, it just reminds the world of what they can’t have. I would never speak to him again after what he did to me. After all the stuff he said about me on Howard Stern? That guy is a joke.”
On the pitfalls of her fame: “I don’t enjoy going out anymore. It’s such a pain. It’s everyone saying, ‘Let’s do a deal! Can I have a picture?’ I’m just, like, ‘These people are such losers. I can’t believe I used to love doing this.’”
On her foray into the simple life: “I went to Wal-Mart for the first time. I always thought they sold wallpaper. I didn’t realize it has everything. You can get anything you want there for really, really cheap.”
On her own imperfections: “I desperately hate one thing about my body. I have size 11 feet. Yeah, it sucks, because I see all these super cute shoes in the stores — Gucci’s, YSL’s, Manolo’s. And when they bring them out in my size, they look like clown shoes.”
On men: “You always want to be with someone who’s your biggest fan and treats you like a princess.”
Her advice: “Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything.”