Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American television personality, socialite, businesswoman, model, and singer. She is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Born in New York City and raised there and in Beverly Hills, California, Hilton began her modeling career as a teenager when she signed with New York-based modeling development agency Trump Model Management. Her lifestyle made her a feature of entertainment news and tabloid magazines, and 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, in 2005, she appeared in the horror film House of Wax, and in 2006, her self-titled album, Paris, was released worldwide; it reached number six on the Billboard 200, with her debut single, "Stars Are Blind", quickly becoming an instant hit around the world. Hilton returned to reality television in 2008 with Paris Hilton's My New BFF 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 big-screen credits include the films Raising Helen (2004), Bottoms Up (2006), National Lampoon's Pledge This! (2006), Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), and Sofia Coppola's film The Bling Ring (2013) as well as the documentaries Teenage Paparazzo (2010) and The American Meme (2018).
In 2012, Hilton made her debut as a DJ at the São Paulo Pop Music Festival. Initially panned by critics, she has become one of the highest-paid celebrity DJs, and between 2013 and 2017, held the "Paris Hilton: Foam & Diamonds" residence at the Amnesia nightclub in Ibiza. She signed a record deal with Cash Money Records in 2013, and has since released the singles "Good Time" (2013), "Come Alive" (2014), "High Off My Love" (2015), and "I Need You" (2018).
Commentators 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 has parlayed her media fame into perfumes and various lines with her endorsement; her perfume products alone have brought in over US$2.5 billion in revenue, the second largest celebrity fragrance of all time behind Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor. In addition to a Paris Hilton apartment complex in the Philippines, there are currently 50 Paris Hilton stores worldwide, with products including perfumes, handbags, watches and footwear. Hilton earns around US$10 million a year from product sales and, as of 2005, was paid about US$300,000 for appearances in clubs and events.
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