Paris Hil­ton talks #MeToo

Edmonton Journal - - YOU - LEANNE ITALIE

Paris Hil­ton “lit­er­ally re­grets” say­ing be­fore the 2016 U.S. elec­tion that women who ac­cused then-can­di­date Don­ald Trump of sex­ual mis­con­duct were merely af­ter fame and at­ten­tion.

Ad­dress­ing a crowd last week­end at the beauty in­dus­try event Beau­ty­con Fes­ti­val New York, the beauty and fash­ion mogul, high­priced DJ and ho­tel heiress was asked about those re­marks by mod­er­a­tor Phillip Pi­cardi.

“I ap­plaud every woman for com­ing out be­cause of the things that are hap­pen­ing right now,” Hil­ton said in the one-on-one chat on stage. “It is so im­por­tant with this en­tire #MeToo move­ment and all of the women com­ing for­ward and com­ing to­gether and end­ing this. It’s just been hap­pen­ing for so long.”

Pi­cardi also asked about head­lines a cou­ple of years ago that de­clared her a “ditzy blond” no more: “Were you ever a ditzy blond, Paris Hil­ton?”

To which she re­sponded: “I wouldn’t get this far in life be­ing a dumb blond.”

That rep, Hil­ton said, played out on The Sim­ple Life, one of tele­vi­sion’s first re­al­ity shows, along with the in­fa­mous sex tape that helped put her on the celebrity map.

“They told me to play a char­ac­ter and kind of play that ditzy blond, but it was never re­ally me,” she said of the Fox and E! se­ries that ran for four years, be­gin­ning in 2003. “I was just be­ing en­ter­tain­ing ... That’s just how the world got in­tro­duced to me. Yeah, I’m the ex­act op­po­site.”

Th­ese days, Hil­ton has some new bling, an en­gage­ment rock from ac­tor Chris Zylka, who played Flash Thomp­son in the 2012 film The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man. She said they met eight years ago and be­gan dat­ing two years ago. He popped the ques­tion on their Christ­mas ski va­ca­tion in Aspen, Colo.

“We are on a moun­tain ski­ing and he lit­er­ally just sur­prised me with this ring and it was one of the most ro­man­tic mo­ments of my life,” Hil­ton said.

The wed­ding will be this year, fol­lowed — hope­fully — by the ar­rival of “a lit­tle Paris” next year, she said, “or her name will be Lon­don.” At 36, Hil­ton added: “I’ve al­ways wanted to be a mom.”

True love, she said, is a great fit. “I’ve never felt hap­pier. I’ve never felt like I’m in a bet­ter place,” she said. “I fi­nally feel like an adult.”

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