Paris Hilton Biography
Hilton gained significant attention for a sex tape, which was shot in 2001. The reality series The Simple Life (2003), which was a huge success, brought Hilton and co-star Nicole Richie to an international recognition. Hilton then released her 2004 autobiography Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose, landed a supporting role in the 2005 horror film House of Wax, and recorded the 2006 music album Paris. She later starred in the series Paris Hilton's My New BFF (2008) and its two spin-offs, Paris Hilton's British Best Friend (2009) and Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF (2009). Hilton has since done a voice role in the TV movie The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (2010) and appeared in the reality show The World According to Paris (2011). She recently had a part in Sofia Coppola's independent film The Bling Ring (2013).
Critics have stated that Hilton epitomizes the title of famous for being famous; she is an example of the modern phenomenon of the "celebutante", the celebrity who rises to fame not because of their talent or work but because of their inherited wealth and controversial lifestyle. In recent years, she has parlayed her media fame into a fashion line and various perfumes with her celebrity endorsement—her fragrances have reportedly earned $1.5 billion. Currently, there are 44 Paris Hilton Stores worldwide and her brand includes perfumes, handbags, watches, footwear, among other products. Hilton earns over $10 million a year from her products sales and as of 2005 she was paid around $300,000 for appearances in clubs and events. She has an estimated net worth of $100 million.
2012–present: Music, acting work and upcoming projects
In early 2012, she launched a new line of sunglasses in Shanghai. The launch was a "huge success", she said. Hilton's next project was her DJ debut at the Pop Music Festival in Brazil, she premiered her single called "Last Night", produced by Afrojack. Having attracted extremely negative reviews after some videos were posted on Youtube.com and being dissed by the DJs Deadmau5, Samantha Ronson, and even Afrojack, she gained positive reviews from DJ Poet, fans and the crowd at the festival. As a whole, her set received mixed reviews. Shortly after her performance, she became a trending topic on Twitter. "Last Night" was later given to Pitbull, he included the song on his 2012 album, Global Warming; Pitbull's version features Havana Brown as the main vocalist. Afterwards, Hilton's footwear line was nominated for Best Celebrity Licensee of the Year at the 2012 International Licensing Excellence Awards and she released her fifteen perfume, Dazzle. Hilton appeared in a music video for Korean singer, Kim Jang Hoon. The filming took place at the American resort of Malibu Beach, California from August 24 to 25, 2012. An agent for the Korean singer stated that they had considered several Hollywood stars for the lead actress role in Kim's music video, including Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Hilton. However, she was finally chosen to play the role following a survey conducted by the Korean public who recognised Paris more than the other contenders. It is alleged that Hilton was paid $1 million for her appearance in the video shoot, with a 3D premiere that took place in October 2012. On September 20, 2012, an audio recording of her making derogatory comments about gay people appeared on the Internet. On the same day, after the backlash caused over the comments, Hilton issued an apology throughout GLAAD where she wrote she is a "huge supporter of the gay community" and labels gay people as "the strongest and most inspiring people I know". As a result of the remarks, gay-focused channel Logo pulled a documentary about her called Paris Hilton Inc., which was scheduled to air. Since that month, she has been in a relationship with Spanish model River Viiperi. Hilton opened her fifth store in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in early November 2012. As Mecca is considered the "holiest city in the Muslim world" and Saudi Arabia is a conservative country, a controversy regarding her personal life was generated on Twitter. In early December, she modeled for designers Shane and Falguni Peacock at India Fashion Week. She also made a performance as a DJ there. Like her debut, the set was met negatively after a video was posted on YouTube but received acclaim from the audience.
In January 2013, Hilton started to appear in various episodes of the Danish version of the reality show Paradise Hotel, for which she was allegedly paid $300,000. She then had guest-appearances in two episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where her aunts Kyle and Kim have the leads. On April 24, Hilton opened a store in Bogotá, Colombia, making it the 44th Paris Hilton store worldwide. While promoting the store, Hilton expressed that she considers herself a creative businesswoman, having several product lines such as bags, sunglasses, perfumes and shoes, and numerous fashion stores around the world. Hilton also said that although being an heiress to a wealthy family, she has worked since she was a teenager. In early May, it was premiered the music video of Birdman's song "Tapout", where she appeared alongside Lil Wayne, Christina Milian and Nicki Minaj.
Hilton had a small role as herself in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, a film about a group of teenagers who robbed the houses of celebrities such as Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom between 2008 and 2009. The movie premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and opened theatrically on June 14. Besides appearing in the motion picture, she, more significantly, lent Coppola her actual house to film in for two weeks so that the director could re-create the burglaries onscreen. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hilton said that Coppola loved her house when she went to one of her birthday parties before shooting the movie and ask her to use it for filming. Recalling walking through the house, Coppola said: "It was like we have to get this into the movie. It was so unique. It would be hard to recreate that. She is larger than life and her house is like Paris World." The movie received critical acclaim and was a success at the box office in its opening weekend, grossing $210,000 in five theaters. In May 2013, it was reported that Hilton had signed with Cash Money Records with plans to release her second album in 2013. It will feature a track with Lil Wayne. Hilton filmed the music video for the album's lead single "Good Time" on July 23, 2013. The photoshoot for the album cover took place on July 26, 2013. The music video is scheduled to be released on October 1, 2013. On September 11, 2013, Hilton confirmed to TMZ that she is putting the finishing touches on her second album and that it will be released towards Christmas. During the month of August, she was a DJ at Amnesia nightclub's weekly "Foam & Diamonds" parties in Ibiza, Spain. The reaction from critics and audiences alike was so positive that her contract was renewed for 2014. On September 11, 2013 it was announced that Paris will be a guest Housemate in the fifth season of VIP Brother Bulgaria, the celebrity edition of the Big Brother format.