Starting more than 20 years ago, Paris Hilton built a carefree public image, becoming in the process a celebrity “influencer,” reality TV pioneer and social media star with millions of fans. But underneath it all was a very different Paris Hilton, a woman traumatized by experiences in her teenage years.

In the documentary This Is Paris, from YouTube Originals, Paris reveals her true self.

“This is the first time in my life where I’ve ever been so vulnerable, open and honest,” Hilton said on a panel for the documentary at Deadline’s Contenders Television: Documentary + Unscripted awards-season event. “It was a very therapeutic and healing experience. And I’m so grateful to have really opened up and told the truth, because I feel like I’ve just been misunderstood and underestimated for way too long.”

In the film directed by Alexandra Dean, Hilton recounts moving to New York with her family when she was 15. She started sowing wild oats, partying at New York nightclubs and becoming a fixture in gossip columns. Alarmed, her parents sent her away to various “tough love” boot camp-style schools, including one in Utah where Hilton says she and other students endured horrible treatment.

“These places are extremely abusive and on a daily basis I was physically, emotionally and psychologically, verbally abused,” she said. “It was just so traumatic and something I just never even wanted to think about again, or talk about or tell anyone. So I had no idea that I was ever going to reveal this part of my life.”

In Dean’s telling, it becomes clear why Hilton created an image at odds with what she had gone through.

“It is possible for a child who undergoes this kind of abuse and trauma to create and construct a fantastical kind of shield in the form of [a] persona,” she said. “I didn’t want to, obviously, exacerbate the trauma that was starting to show when we started to lift Paris’ mask and see the person behind it. And so I was trying to tread that line very carefully and thoughtfully.”

This Is Paris has recorded more than 21 million views on YouTube since its debut.

“Before the film premiered I was so nervous. I had no idea how the world was going to react. I was terrified. But then when it came out, just the outpour of love and support from all around the world was incredible and I felt people finally understood me,” Hilton said. “I had no idea just the power of being honest and truthful, what it would do and just how many people could relate to my story. And I feel like people finally understand and respect me.”


Paris Hilton is the May cover

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Paris Hilton – It girl, mogul and internet obsession – is the May cover, wearing pink gingham pyjamas while posing with three of her seven adorable dogs. Shot at her home in Beverly Hills, the tongue-in-chic pictures are pure Paris: from standing next to her baby pink Bentley to reading a book about herself while dipping her toes into a swimming pool.

Kinvara Balfour met the star at her mansion in a gated community of LA, where the two discussed everything from Hilton’s plans to become a mother one day (the baby name has already been decided – London – because ‘London is my favourite city in the world’) to what the last 12 months has taught her.

Social media lit up in February with pictures of Paris’s engagement, after her venture capitalist boyfriend Carter Reum proposed to her shortly before her 40th birthday, using a ring custom-made by Jean Dousset, the great-great-grandson of Louis-François Cartier, thought to be worth £1 million.

Speaking of that milestone birthday, Hilton shares the secrets to her enviable glow, explaining it’s all natural, despite living in plastic surgery obsessed Hollywood: ‘I have never done a filler, I have never done Botox, I have never put a needle in my face. I am 100 per cent natural. I have also stayed out of the sun my entire life.’

Lockdown hasn’t slowed Paris down, instead her career is going from strength to strength, as showcased by those incredible Mert and Marcus images of her in the new Lanvin campaign which broke the internet earlier this month. As she explains: ‘I don’t stop. I’m like a machine. I am always working,’ she insists. ‘Now I have even more projects than ever. And being with [Carter], he’s so business-minded, I am so inspired by being with him every day.’

She acknowledges the importance of her fans to her success, too, explaining how special her relationship is with them: ‘I am so close with my fans,’ she says. ‘I have them on WhatsApp with me, I invite them to stay with me, I fly them out to certain things. I am like their big sister. We do these huge Zoom calls where we have hundreds of them on there and we all get together.’


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In the 2000s, everything from fashion to pop culture was defined by the Hilton sisters. Socialites Nicky and Paris Hilton were at the forefront of the “famous for being famous” era. Their style is the core of the Y2K aesthetic, and their antics were a hallmark of the early aughts’ celebrity blogosphere. Nearly 20 years later, Nicky shares two children with her husband James Rothschild, while Paris recently got engaged to her boyfriend Carter Reum. While the two have both pursued separate careers across the fashion and beauty landscape, more recently, Paris—like her bestie Kim Kardashian—has found a passion for activism.

In her This Is Paris documentary, released in September 2020, Paris talked about the verbal, emotional, and physical abuse she experienced while going to boarding school at Provo Canyon School. As a result, she has become commited to lobbying for regulations within the Troubled Teen Industry by supporting Breaking Code Silence, an organization dedicated to bringing these problems to light. To give fans a better insight into the lives of these two pop culture icons, the sisters spoke with L’OFFICIEL about their childhood bond, family, and secret joint project in the works.

L’OFFICIEL: Were you competitive as a child or did you form a team?
Nicky Hilton: We’ve always been a team, like our whole family; it’s the way we were raised. And probably also because we had different interests, goals and tastes. And we have always been great supporters of each other. My mom used to say that the success of one is the success of the other, it has always been like that.
Paris Hilton: What Nicky says is true, we have always been united. We have never actually been competitive with anyone. We have always wanted the best for us, for our friends, for everyone in the world. And I think this is a wonderful way of being: because what you give, you receive. And I’m very lucky, my sister is also my best friend, I don’t know what I would do without her.

L’O: No quarrels even as a girl?
NH: We were like all teenagers are, we took clothes from each other’s closet, and maybe that was the only reason for the two of us to clash.
PH: When we were little, our mom would dress us as twins, we had double outfits, until we became teenagers, and I started fetching clothes from Nicky’s closet. But we were different, I’ve always been more tomboy, and Nicky more girly, growing up.

L’O: Is there anything crazy you did as kids together?
NH: We liked rodents: hamsters, guinea pigs, mice … all rodents, it’s very strange looking back now.
PH: Yes, we took them to our home in Bel Air, California. There we had a huge dollhouse, it had a living room, bedroom and kitchen. There was also water and electricity. It was gorgeous. We hid them there, so we didn’t upset our parents, who knew nothing about it.

L’O: Do you believe in “sisterhood” between women?
NH: Yes, I believe in the extended sense of sisterhood. And I love the quote that says “empowered women empower women”; I love it when women are together, and support each other.

L’O: You are both models, fashion designers, entrepreneurs, and many other things. What is the most important thing for you right now?
NH: For me the family, being there for my daughters and my husband. The girls are very young, they are three and four years old, and this is a period that passes very quickly … And I want to be there at all times, not to lose anything. I love being a mom.
PH: My family, my boyfriend, and my pets are very important to me. And also #BreakingCodeSilence, the movement I belong to and which I talked about in the documentary This is Paris. It is very important to me. Iit is my new life mission.

L’O: You are entrepreneurs, what kind of boss are you?
NH: I like to think I’m good. I get along well with people and at work I am quite easy going, even if I always go straight to the point. I took from my father, I am serious, direct, and more confrontational than Paris, who took from my mother and is more shy; both are more relaxed and free spirited.

L’O: Paris, for the public, you have always been a divisive figure. How do you feel about that?
PH: There are many preconceptions; Coming from a family with an important surname, I think a lot of people think I take it for granted or that I’m spoiled, that I have always had food ready and haven’t worked a single day of my life. But it is an opinion so far from reality. I have worked hard, and have never behaved thinking that I am different from others. Having seen me in The Simple Life, they assume that I am that way in real life, but it was a role. I am smart. I’m not a stupid blonde, I’m just very good at pretending to be.

L’O: What projects are you working on?
NH: I’m working on a shoe collection with French Sole. They are made 100% with sustainable materials. I’ve wanted to do it for a long time. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting; I would like to have a role in sustainability, because it is the future. Also, I’m working on a children’s breakfast with the brand Dotty Dungarees, which will be launched in the spring. And with Paris we are working on a common project, which this is very nice because we haven’t done that for a long time. It will be a lot of fun.
PH: I’m working on my 29th perfume. And my new beauty company is developing a make up line. Also I’m writing a new book, and I have a TV show coming out for Netflix. I am also working on the new clothing and lingerie collection. I’m very busy. I’m also going to Washington this year to support the cause of Breaking Code Silence.


Paris Hilton is sharing all of the exciting details about her engagement with Carter Reum.

In a sneak peek at the premiere episode of her iHeartRadio podcast, This Is Paris, the entrepreneur and DJ, 40, says while she was “hoping” Reum would propose, she “was very surprised” when the moment actually happened.

Although Reum, 40, ended up proposing during a trip to a private island to celebrate their February birthdays, Hilton shares that she previously thought he was going to ask her to marry him back in December while they were celebrating their one-year anniversary.

“When it didn’t happen, I didn’t say anything but I was a little bummed,” she says.

After she dropped some hints, she recalled Reum telling her, “When I do ask you, it’s going to be something even more amazing than this, so you’ll see soon.”

Right before the big moment, Reum told Hilton to get dressed up so they could take some photos together — and as soon as they arrived at the beach “he got down on one knee.”

“I just started shaking and crying because I was so excited, so happy,” she shares, adding that to make the moment even more special, Reum revealed that their family members had made the trip too.

“It was so nice that he thought to have our families there to celebrate the moment,” she recalls.

As for what the future holds, after saying “I do,” Hilton plans to take Reum’s last name.

“I’m going to take it, but I feel like a hyphenated thing like Paris Hilton-Reum, because my name is just my name. I like it,” she says, adding that she “can’t wait” to start a family together.

“It’s something we’ve talked about a lot ever since we’ve been together,” said the “Stars Are Blind” singer, who recently revealed that the couple started in vitro fertilization. “First the wedding, then the babies.”

While sharing a playful moment with his fiancée, Reum also shares if he had any pet peeves about the star.

“The good and the bad of a creative mind like Paris’, her creativity flows out in music, and art, and all these things. When it comes to keeping the house clean, her creativity also comes out,” he says. “Every day is like a treasure hunt.”

Agreeing with his assessment, Hilton replies, “I’m not the most organized person in the world.”

“Yeah, I don’t think we’re going to change that,” Reum says. “If that’s the only reason why you’re not perfect, it could be way worse.”


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Paris Hilton had support from boyfriend Carter Reum as she testified against her former Utah boarding school.

Hilton, 39, appeared in a Utah court this week to give testimony against Provo Canyon School — the school whose staff members she has accused of inflicting emotional, physical and psychological abuse on her during her stay as a teenager.

Reum, 40, joined her on the trip to provide support, as seen in PEOPLE’s exclusive photos of the couple at the Utah State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City.

“Paris is so grateful that Carter joined her on the trip to Utah. She was so nervous to get up there and say her testimonial, but having him by her side made her feel much more comfortable,” a source tells PEOPLE.

On Monday, Hilton gave her testimony to the Utah Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee.

“My name is Paris Hilton, I am an institutional abuse survivor and I speak today on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of children currently in residential care facilities across the United States,” she began. “For the past 20 years, I have had a recurring nightmare where I’m kidnapped in the middle of the night by two strangers, strip-searched, and locked in a facility. I wish I could tell you that this haunting nightmare was just a dream, ​but it is not​.”

Hilton then recounted her allegations against Provo Canyon School, saying, “I was verbally, mentally and physically abused on a daily basis.​ I was cut off from the outside world and stripped of all my human rights.”

The entrepreneur previously made her allegations against the school in the YouTube Originals documentary This Is Paris that premiered in September. Ahead of its release, the school told PEOPLE: “Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time.”

In a second and more lengthy statement issued on Sept. 17, after the release of the documentary, the school said staff does not use “‘solitary confinement’ as a form of intervention” or prescribe “any drug or medication as a means of discipline” and that it does “not condone or promote any form of abuse.”

The source says that as Hilton bravely gave her testimony, Reum was “beaming with pride.”

“Carter is so supportive and incredibly proud of her and her advocacy work. He was sitting in the courtroom behind her beaming with pride,” says the source. “She has grown so much over the past year and they are excited for their future.”

The couple, who have been dating since 2019, recently celebrated Reum’s 40th birthday together. For the special occasion, Hilton gifted her boyfriend a life-sized portrait of the two, based on a photo snapped by friend Paris Jackson in December of 2019.

“Happy Birthday my love!😍 So excited to celebrate it again with you this year! 🥳 You light up my world, you are my everything and make me the happiest girl in the world every single day!” Hilton wrote alongside an Instagram video of her surprising Reum with the painting. “I love the way you make me smile and feel and your magical kisses are everything! 🥰.”

“You are so incredibly special to me and I will spend the rest of my life making sure you know that every day,” she continued. “I love you forever my sweet, kind, handsome, romantic, brilliant #BirthdayBoy! 🎈🎂🤴🏻🎈.”