Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton

Born as the great grand-daughter of the hotel magnet Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels,  Paris Whitney Hilton is an American businesswoman, socialite, television personality, model, actress, singer, DJ, and author. Paris Whitney Hilton was born on February 17, 1981 in New York City and raised there and in Beverly Hills, California. Hilton began her modeling career as a teenager when she signed with real estate magnate Donald Trump’s modelling development agency, Trump Model Management. Her lifestyle and rumored short-lived relationships made her a feature of entertainment news and tabloid magazines. Hilton was proclaimed “New York’s leading It girl” in 2001. In 2003, a sex tape with Hilton and her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, later released as 1 Night in Paris, was leaked to the public. Released only three weeks before the premiere of the reality television series The Simple Life, in which she starred alongside her long-time friend Nicole Richie, the sex tape became a media sensation.

In 2004, Hilton released her book Confessions of an Heiress, which became a New York Times Best Seller. She later played a supporting role in the horror film “House of Wax” in 2005. In the same year, Hilton later 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 on a pop album.

Hilton’s debut single “Stars Are Blind” was released worldwide in June 2006 and quickly became an instant hit around the world including number one in Scotland. In the United States, “Stars Are Blind” was amongst the highest debuting singles in the U.S. in 2006, entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number 18 due to strong digital sales and was played on more than 125 pop stations in the U.S. alone in 2006-2007. The self-titled album, “Paris” was released worldwide on August 22, 2006. The album reached number six on the Billboard 200.

Hilton returned to reality television in 2008 with “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF” in 2008 and its two spin-offs: Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend (2009) and Paris Hilton’s Dubai BFF (2009), and again in 2011 with Oxygen series The World According to Paris. Her other acting credits include “Bottoms Up”,
“National Lampoon’s Pledge This! (2006)”, “The Hottie and the Nottie”, “Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)” and “Sofia Coppola’s film The Bling Ring (2013)”. In 2012, Hilton announced her DJ career and made her debut at the São Paulo Pop Music Festival. Although her performance was criticized, she became one of the highest-paid celebrity DJs, holding club residencies all over the world. That same year, she also returned to music, signing a record deal with Lil Wayne’s and Birdman’s label Cash Money Records.

Critics and admirers have said that Hilton is famous for being famous,  exemplifying the celebutante: a celebrity not through talent or work, but through inherited wealth and lifestyle. She also launched her perfumes and a fashion line. Her fragrances have reportedly earned $1.5 billion. There are currently three Paris Hilton apartment complexes and 44 Paris Hilton stores worldwide, with products including perfumes, handbags, watches and footwear. Hilton earns over $10 million a year from product sales. Hilton’s perfume products alone have brought in over $2.5 billion in revenue, the second largest celebrity fragrance of all time behind iconic Hollywood actress Liz Taylor, who has once married to her great uncle Conrad Hilton, Jr. In 2005,  she was paid about $300,000 for appearances in clubs and events.

Hilton and her boyfriend River Viiperi, 10 years junior to her, met during New York Fashion Week in September 2012. The couple have been dating since and have hinted at an engagement in the near future.

Born with the silver spoon, Living the glitzy socialite life from a very early age, this young socialite had been attending exclusive parties and being covered by the gossip press. The media was always fascinated by her fashion statement. Hilton’s celebrity status came as heiress!!

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