Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981 ) is... well, that's the thing. How did she become famous? Hell, what is it precisely that she's famous for in the first place? Seeing as how she served as the model for the modern ideal of the "celebutante", those are questions that beg to be answered.
Paris was born into the multi-billionaire Hilton family, owners of the hotel chain bearing their name. She was, by all accounts, fairly troublesome in her youth, spending a year at a residential school for "troubled teens" in Utah and getting kicked out of a Connecticut boarding school before dropping out of high school altogether and getting a GED. Afterwards, she became a fairly standard model/socialite/"it girl", serving as a regular fixture of tabloids and the New York nightclub scene. In 2003, Fox approached her to star on a reality show called The Simple Life, in which she and another big-city socialite (they eventually decided on Nicole Richie, adopted daughter of Lionel) would be sent to live on a farm in Arkansas where hijinks would presumably ensue. The two accepted.
And then came the tape. You know which one.
The scandal that erupted from Paris' sex tape (retroactively known as 1 Night in Paris) turned her into an overnight celebrity and The Simple Life into a smash hit for Fox. She leveraged that fame to appear in a whole slew of films and TV shows, many of which either went Direct-to-Video or were small cameos (apart from House of Wax (2005), Repo! The Genetic Opera, and The Hottie & the Nottie), as well as record an album, create several reality shows, and write a bestselling, tongue-in-cheek autobiography. When she wasn't working, she was frequently running afoul of the law, most often for reckless driving of very expensive cars (often while inebriated) and for carrying and using drugs. Her list of arrests and fines is too long to list here, so go check The Other Wiki if you care about that.
Between her behavior and the auspicious beginnings of her career as a celebrity, Paris earned a many detractors, frequently topping lists of the most disliked celebrities in America for much of the mid-late '00s. Most people wondered just how it was possible for a person to become a media fixture as big as Paris merely by appearing on a single reality show and making a single sex tape, and the fact that Paris was seemingly only the first of many such celebutantes to take this route to fame made them fear for the future of popular culture. Of course, the phenomenon of being "Famous for Being Famous" is a bit older than people realize — the term "celebutante" was coined as far back as 1939, and many of the "Warhol Superstars" of The '70s fit the bill as well as any Kardashian. Plus, at the very least she seems to be fully aware of how she got famous. But then again, none of the celebutantes of days past ever reached anything close to the level of media saturation as Paris Hilton and those who followed in her footsteps. Does her success say something about the state of our society? If so, what?
Needless to say, Paris Hilton is a very controversial figure. The Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment is in full effect on this page.
As far as what she has actually done and ventured into, includes everything from perfumery, music, acting, authoring, to Reality TV.
- Paris Hilton (2006)
- House of Wax (2005)
- Bottoms Up (2006)
- Pledge This! (2006)
- The Hottie & the Nottie (2008)
- Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
- Paris Hilton (2004)
- Just Me (2005)
- Heiress (2006)
- Can Can (2007)
- Fairy Dust (2008)
- Siren (2008)
- Dazzle (2012)
- Confessions of A Heiress (2004)
- The Simple Life (2003-2007)
- Paris Hilton's My New BFF (2008-2009)
- Paris Hilton's British Best Friend (2009)
- Paris Hiltons Dubai BFF (2009)
- The World According to Paris (2011)
- Adam Westing: Many, and perhaps most, of her acting roles played off of her public image.
- On Supernatural, she played an ancient goddess whose personality is that of a spoiled celebrity.
- Her character in Repo! The Genetic Opera, a famous socialite and heiress who is literally addicted to plastic surgery.
- Also in a Funny Or Die video where she announced she would be running for president in 2008.
- Affectionate Parody: Her video for "Nothing In This World" is one of The Girl Next Door.
- Billing Displacement: Is on the DVD cover for Nine Lives (2002) and gets third billing (the cast is billed in alphabetical order) when she only has roughly 30 minutes of screen time.
- Break Up Song: Jealousy is one between friends.
- City Mouse: On The Simple Life.
- Clark Kenting: While filming House of Wax in Australia, she had to wear a brown wig whenever she wanted to do her exercise outside her apartment.
- Cover Version: "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy"
- Development Hell: Her second album has been delayed since her first one... by eight years and counting.
- Dumb Blonde: Adopted this persona for The Simple Life
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Inverted. She fits the all the requirements, but has a many haters. Though to her fans, she's a straight example.
- The marketing for House of Wax played on this, with a promotional T-shirt that read "See Paris Die May 6". What better way to promote a film than by casting an actress with substantial haters just so that haters can see her get killed off onscreen?
- Flanderization: She has revealed her real voice after her reality show, as shown in this interview on ''TODAY''.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: To the degree where she has a nightclub room in her house.
- Hidden Depths: On her reality series Paris Hilton's British Best Friend, one of the girls burst into tears when all of the clothes laid out for the contestants were too small for her. Paris pulls the girl into a hug and assures her she's beautiful, and then goes to get her clothes in her size. Granted it's what anyone would do but it was surprising to see Paris do it all the same.
- Home Porn Movie
- Hood Ornament Hottie: Her car-washing ad for the Carl's Jr./Hardee's fast food chain.
- I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: In her first few film roles, she played herself or characters who evoked the public's image of her (Nine Lives for instance has her as a spoiled rich socialite). Even when promoting House of Wax (2005) she marketed a range of t-shirts with a slogan "See Paris Die", and a track on the movie's soundtrack is called "Paris Gets It" - even though she's playing a character called Paige.
- Identical Stranger: Invoked for her part on the hidden camera series I Get That A Lot. She pretended to be a gas station attendant who simply had a resemblance to herself.
- In Da Club: Some tracks of her album and of course, she gets paid to go to them!
- Since the early 2010s, she has begun DJing EDM, which is this trope from a slightly different perspective.
- Intercourse with You: The basic theme of the "Paris" album.
- Jail Bait: Seduces a 15-year-old in the video for "Nothing In This World" and goes into school with him pretending to be his girlfriend.
- Mr. Muffykins: Her little chihuahua Tinkerbell is almost as famous as she is.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her sex tape aside, many of her tv and film appearances have her as eye candy.
- Narcissist: It's hard to tell if she really is one or simply putting on an act, but constantly wearing shirts with your own face on them and admiring your own pictures in public really makes one wonder.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: The number of people who claim otherwise shows how good she is at it.
- British TV presenter Fearne Cotton interviewed her for a new series. One question essentially boiled down to "When are you going to get a clue?" Paris pointed out that, by living up to her public image and generally acting like a stupid, spoiled party animal, she would earn vast amounts of money that she could never have by (for example) working at the family firm.
- Obsession Song: "I Want You" "Nothing In This World" "Screwed"
- Petite Pride: Apparently, she likes how her boobs are small (they look better in the couture she wears) and insists she'll never get a boob job.
- Pink Means Feminine: Loves pink and has many pink items and accessories in her home.
- Playing Against Type: Along with Chad Michael Murray and Elisha Cuthbert in House of Wax. Paris had previously only done cameos as herself or played characters that were basically herself (Nine Lives). Her character Paige is a small-town teenage girl who worries about an unplanned pregnancy.
- Precious Puppy: Well duh.
- Pretty in Mink: Has worn loads of furs in real life, and some in media. In an ad for Carls Jr, she struts into a room wearing a leather swimsuit and white fox wrap, the wrap she drops in a manner like Dress Hits Floor, before washing a car in a seductive manner.
- Reality TV: Most of her work has been in this field.
- Really Gets Around: How many people view her, probably due to her sex tape. She was also portrayed this way in South Park.
- Self-Deprecation: Her role in Supernatural as a forest deity.
- Self-Titled Album: "Debut"
- She Really Can Act: Critics have praised her performances in Repo! The Genetic Opera and as a villain in an episode of Supernatural.
- Shoe Size Angst: She admitted in her biopic that she hates her size 11 feet.
- Silly Love Songs: "Heartbeat"
- Socialite: While actually being one, she willingly went along with that image for the press.
- Spoiled Sweet: gives off this vibe.
- Unusual Euphemism: Her pet expression 'Hungry Tiger' - for someone who is obviously desperate for fame and attention.
- Wolverine Publicity
- You Can Leave Your Hat On: Provides a striptease for her boyfriend in House Of Wax.