Ifeel that I was put in this world for a rea­son –to spread beauty, love &hap­pi­ness

She was the most talked about per­son in the world af­ter a sex tape was re­leased 15 years ago. We find out how she has since be­come hugely suc­cess­ful in busi­ness

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY GE­ORGINA BEARNS

IT’S 15 years since Paris Hil­ton’s sex tape and re­al­ity TV show, The Sim­ple Life, made her a star.

The com­bi­na­tion of the porn video and the blonde heiress to the Hil­ton ho­tel for­tune work­ing on a farm ce­mented the filthy rich party girl in the world’s con­scious­ness.

She be­came a “celebu­tante”, a celebrity-debu­tante hy­brid who opened up her A-list lifestyle for the rest of us to gog­gle over.

Along the way she pop­u­larised the selfie, started the trend for car­ry­ing tiny dogs in hand­bags and beat the Kar­dashi­ans to be­ing fa­mous for be­ing fa­mous.

Now 37, Paris is a per­fume-to-DJ busi­ness­woman. She is still on the look­out for the fu­ture Mr Hil­ton, af­ter ditch­ing her fi­ancé, Left­overs ac­tor Chris Zylka, last month.

They met at the Os­cars in 2016 and got en­gaged in Jan­uary, while on a ski­ing hol­i­day in Aspen.

But she felt that the 31-year-old was push­ing her into mar­riage and re­turned his $2mil­lion ring.

Paris prefers to con­cen­trate on mak­ing money and build­ing up the prod­ucts that carry her name.

She said: “I see my­self as a busi­ness­woman. I love be­ing an in­spi­ra­tion.

“I work so hard and I love my fans so much. I feel that I was put in this world for a rea­son – to spread beauty, love and hap­pi­ness.

“I feel like what­ever you put out into the world comes back to you. That is why I have been in this in­dus­try for over two decades.”

Paris puts her suc­cess down to “karma” but also lead­ing from the front.

She said: “I have been a pi­o­neer in ev­ery­thing from re­al­ity tele­vi­sion to celebrity brand­ing.

“I was do­ing self­ies be­fore there were iPhones.

“It’s amaz­ing to see re­al­ity tele­vi­sion shows and know that a whole new genre and type of celebrity was in­spired by me.

“When I first came on to the scene as a teenager mov­ing to New York, I was 16 years old.

“Ev­ery­one was say­ing I was fa­mous for be­ing fa­mous be­cause there was no one like that. Now, that’s a thing.

“I think I’m a fu­tur­is­tic per­son, I am very ahead of my time. I’m al­ways think­ing ahead.

“Suc­cess drives me. I never stop. I have 19 prod­uct lines, I have real es­tate, I even have my own vir­tual re­al­ity worlds com­ing out.”

Paris puts her en­trepreneurial drive down to her genes. Her great-grandad Con­rad Hil­ton founded the Hil­ton ho­tel em­pire in 1919 and her grandad and fa­ther fol­lowed him into the busi­ness. She said: “Since I was a young girl, I’ve al­ways re­ally looked up to my fa­ther and my grand­fa­ther. “They are such in­cred­i­ble busi­ness­men and men­tors. I al­ways wanted to make them proud. “I didn’t want to just be known as the Hil­ton Ho­tel grand­daugh­ter. I wanted to be known as Paris. “My grand­fa­ther used to be known as Bar­ron Hil­ton and now he’s Paris Hil­ton’s grand­fa­ther. I know he’s proud of me. He says I work harder and travel more than any other CEO he knows.” She’s hands-on with her per­fumes – all 24 of them – and skin­care prod­ucts. Fra­grance has been a pas­sion since she was young and ad­mired Elizabeth Taylor, who was briefly mar­ried to her great un­cle Nicky Taylor. Paris said: “When I was a lit­tle girl I loved per­fumes and I said that one day I would have a per­fume of my own. “Elizabeth Taylor was a per­fume queen. Now I have more per­fumes than she did. “I know ev­ery scent, ev­ery note, so all of the time I am de­vel­op­ing a new fra­grance I am com­ing up with names, new bot­tles and new pack­ag­ing.” Her skin­care line, Paris Hil­ton ProDNA, was launched last year and she cred­its its serums and mois­turis­ers for her own im­pres­sive com­plex­ion. She said: “I have al­ways been re­ally nat­u­ral. I have stayed out of the sun, tried ev­ery skin­care prod­uct on the mar­ket – but I wanted to cre­ate some­thing that had real re­sults and is cru­elty free.”

Plas­tic surgery and in­jecta­bles are not for Paris. She said: “Girls nowa­days are re­sort­ing to plas­tic surgery, fillers, Bo­tox and all of these things but I want them to have an­other op­tion.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to be nat­u­ral and not put tox­ins in your body. I see so many girls to­day do­ing all of these things that they shouldn’t be do­ing.

“That is why I cre­ated a skin­care line and all of these amaz­ing per­fumes, to make girls feel con­fi­dent and beau­ti­ful.”

Paris mixes char­ity and hu­man­i­tar­ian work with her busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

She said: “Things up­set me, when I visit chil­dren in hos­pi­tal and they are sick, or when I see an­i­mals at an­i­mal shel­ters. I’m a sen­si­tive per­son.”

The re­cent fires in Cal­i­for­nia came close to home. Paris said: “I was so sad, cry­ing, just see­ing all of these houses go up in flames, peo­ple los­ing their homes and ev­ery­thing they have.

“A lot of my friends lost their homes. My cousin, Whit­ney, put to­gether a bunch of care pack­ages so I made a big do­na­tion for the fire­fight­ers.”

Paris does not fear com­pe­ti­tion and is de­lighted that there are so many wannabe Hil­tons around to­day.

She said: “There are so many peo­ple who could be the next Paris Hil­ton and that makes me so happy and proud.

“I meet so many dif­fer­ent in­flu­encers, celebri­ties and peo­ple com­ing up in the busi­ness who have said that they did this be­cause they have been fol­low­ing me since The Sim­ple Life.

“To in­spire so many peo­ple to want to work hard and be a brand is an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing.”

Ev­ery­one was say­ing I was fa­mous for be­ing fa­mous. Now, that’s a thing PARIS HIL­TON ON BE­ING A TRAIL­BLAZER

FAM­ILY MAT­TERS Paris and sis­ter Nicky in 2001. Main pic: Mod­el­ling for Boohoo

LANDED GIRLS Paris and fel­low so­cialite Ni­cole Richie’s re­al­ity show The Sim­ple Life saw them do­ing low-pay­ing man­ual jobs. In­set, with ac­tor Chris Zylka shortly be­fore they split last month

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