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Paris Hilton is the queen of the 2000s—no contest. She dominated the era with her bedazzled Juicy Couture tracksuits (which are back, by the way), iconic designer bags, and huge sunglasses. It’s no wonder that Coach casted her for a new Y2K-inspired project: Hilton stars alongside Kim Petras and Rickey Thompson in a new bag campaign that honors the label’s re-released Swinger bag. The Swinger is an archival Coach bag that channels the shoulder bags of the early-aughts (the label revamped it, however, with luxe leather and its signature monogram print).

Starring in the holiday campaign was nostalgic for Hilton. “I’ve always loved Coach since I was a teenager,” Hilton says. “I remember in New York when I went to the Coach store and bought my first bag. My mom always had amazing [Coach bags] too, and my sister and I would always go into her closet and play dress up.” As a notorious bag lover in general—can you even think of the 2000s without remembering her endless array of Louis Vuittons?—Hilton knows a bag can make or break your look, and says a sleek shoulder bag like the Swinger is a timeless Y2K style she’s always gravitated towards. “Having a handbag is such an important accessory to an outfit,” she says. “I love that they’re bringing it back.

Below, Vogue asked Hilton her thoughts on Y2K style coming back, what her designer bag collection looks like, and what she’ll be doing for the holidays this year.

You’re a well-documented bag lover. What, to you, makes a perfect bag?
The most important thing for me is the style and design of the bag, and what it looks like on the outside. Something that’s a statement piece and stands out. But also, what’s inside is important: I love when there’s different pockets for your phone or your lip gloss. I always love something that is actually useful and makes my life easier.

You’ve owned many icon designer bags over the years, especially from the 2000s. Do you still have them?
I have a lot of bags from over the years, from shopping or designers sending me certain things. During the early 2000s, I actually got rid of a lot of my bags, because I just had so many that couldn’t fit. When Kim [Kardashian West] had her eBay business, she helped me get rid of a lot of the things that I didn’t need. She was always very organized, and I’m like the most disorganized person in the world. But I have kept some. I obviously have my Louis Vuitton bags that I love, the Fendi Baguettes, the [Dior] Saddle bags, all my Chanels. I’ve been collecting Judith Leiber [bags] since I was a teenager, so I have a lot of those, which are very 2000s.

Were there any bags you regret giving away?
Yes! Because now the 2000s are coming back in such a huge way in fashion. There’s so many things that I thought, ‘This isn’t in fashion anymore, just get rid of it.’ And now I wish I hadn’t, especially my Dior monogrammed [bags]. A lot of stuff, too, was stolen by the Bling Ring. They literally came in here eight times when I was out of town, and every time they would pick up as much as they could fit in their arms. They stole like all my Birkin bags, all of my iconic Dior bags, my Louis Vuittons—anything that was designer, they took. It’s heartbreaking because I’ll never be able to replace any of that.

What are five things that you always have in your bag?
I’m like Mary Poppins: I like to carry around everything. I’m always prepared for every situation. Lighting is very important to me for photos, so I always have my holographic Lumi case from my collaboration with them. It makes selfies look perfect. My iPhones, of course. I have these really cute hand sanitizer bottles that I bought at Kitson that are covered in Swarovski crystals—it kind of looks like a Judith Leiber bag. They’re really extra and glamorous. Carrying around a normal Purell bottle is beyond, I don’t like it. If we’re gonna have to do all this, I’d rather make it fashionable—same with my masks. I always carry around my Paris Hilton lip gloss, and my perfume. I just released my 28th fragrance, so I always have at least one of my 28 perfumes in my bag at all times, because I love the way it makes me feel when I spray it.

Since your campaign is very 2000s-inspired, what do you think is the key to pulling off Y2K style today?
It’s really about just being as extra as possible. With social media, it’s really important to have exciting pieces that are going to be really beautiful visually, in a photo or on Snapchat or TikTok. With fashion right now, people just want to show off what they have in their content, so it’s important to wear something that will grab your eye and attention.

This is a holiday campaign, so what do you think you’ll be doing for the holidays this year?
Every single year, my sister and I usually throw a huge Christmas party at my house. It’s called ‘Holidaze with the Hiltons.’ It’s the most epic, crazy party every year. Hundreds of people come and there’s amazing performances. It’s sick. And then two days later, we will host my parents’s Christmas party with them at their house, which is obviously a lot more chill. But with the pandemic, we’re not going to be doing that. This will be the first year that I’m not having a Christmas party in I don’t even know how long, which is sad, but obviously it wouldn’t be appropriate to throw a big Christmas bash. I spent last Christmas with my boyfriend’s family: We went to Michigan and then to Yellowstone to go skiing. So this year, we’re trying to decide if we’re going to go to Michigan, or maybe go to an island or on a boat somewhere.

Are you big on holiday dressing in general? Do you plan on getting festive, even if you’re at home?
Yes, I love it. I always love to wear something festive in bright red or in velvet—something really beautiful that stands out. I also always get a Mrs. Claus outfit made, and I usually wear it when I go to the L.A. Mission, a homeless shelter downtown. I bring gifts and food for all the kids and people that are there. If I have my Christmas parties, in the beginning I’ll wear a really beautiful sparkly holiday dress, and then I’ll change into a sexier Santa outfit. And I dress up all the dogs, too. I just ordered a bunch of Santa and elf costumes for them on Petco this weekend, and all these crazy decorations. I like to decorate their doggie mansion and give them a tiny little Christmas tree.

I’m also used to hosting the most incredible New Year’s Eve parties every single year in Miami, Australia, Vegas, New York—wherever I am. I’ve been doing that forever, and this year will be the first year that I’m not hosting something. But I’ll still dress up, because it’s New Year’s Eve, and I love collecting memories with photos and videos. I’ll be capturing the memories of my boyfriend and I’s second Christmas and New Year’s together.

Source: vogue.com

Who Is Paris Hilton, Really?

by karina/September 13, 2020/No Comments

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Lounging cross-legged on her bed at home in Beverly Hills and wearing a turquoise hoodie, Paris Hilton appeared at ease. There were none of the affectations that have defined her public image for two decades: the flat baby voice, the tiny, shimmering outfits, the faux ditziness, the stance that everything cool was “hot.”

I built this kind of shield around me and kind of this persona, almost to hide behind, because I’ve been through so much where I just didn’t even want to think about it anymore,” Ms. Hilton, 39, said over Zoom. Behind her stood a towering mirror illuminated by a sea of LED lights that refracted off her platinum hair like diamonds.

Before there were influencers, there was Paris Hilton: a beautiful blank slate of a person onto whom all kinds of ideas and brand sponsorships could be projected. She was the celebrity burnished, if not created, by a sex tape. She was the face of the Sidekick (and the victim of a Sidekick hack that brought more of her personal life into the public eye). She was a reality star, trying her hand at manual labor as a rich person. She recorded music, modeled, appeared at parties, made TV cameos, wrote an advice book. And she was mercilessly criticized, written off as “famous for being famous.”

Regardless of whether that characterization was fair at the time, it seems pretty hard to defend these days. Ms. Hilton spends more than 250 days of the year traveling the world as a D.J., raking in a reported $1 million per gig. She oversees more than 19 product lines, including fragrances, clothing (for humans and pets) and accessories. And so many people are now famous for being famous, she might now seem more venerable pioneer than contemptible fly-by-night.

Now, moreover, she’s ready to talk about the past. On Sept. 14, the documentary “This Is Paris” will be released on YouTube. It aims to crack the facade she created in the aughts, focusing instead on the decade that preceded her fame.

Ms. Hilton said that she gave the director, Alexandra Dean, full creative control over the project. “It was really difficult for me because I’m so used to having so much control and ‘The Simple Life,’ just having everything perfect and edited,” she said. “And with this, I had just to let go of all that control and let them use everything.

There are moments of opulence in the film — jet-setting around the world, endless racks of gowns and stilettos and closets stacked with jewelry she’s never worn — and she’s quick to remind that she’s “never been photographed in the same thing twice.

But at the heart of the documentary is trauma, stemming from Ms. Hilton’s years spent in boarding schools for troubled teens. The last one she attended was Provo Canyon School, a psychiatric residential treatment center in Utah, where she would spend 11 months.

They just assumed it was like a normal boarding school because that’s the way that they portray it to parents and people who are putting their children in these places,” Ms. Hilton said of her parents, Kathy and Rick Hilton (her mother appears in the documentary). Before the making of the film, Ms. Hilton had never told her family about what happened to her.

Full interview: nytimes.com

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You could easily label this the decade of the influencer, those YouTube and Instagram stars who make money by selling FaceTuned versions of themselves while hawking face creams, fashion collaborations, protein powder and how-to-improve-your-life seminars. Through their social media posts, they convince thousands or millions of fans and admirers to like what they like and want what they want.

But is all that glitters on the ‘Gram and elsewhere really gold? For answers, I turn to the woman who will likely go down in history for putting the “i” in influencer, and that would be Paris Hilton, the eldest daughter of real estate broker-developer Richard Hilton, and his socialite wife, Kathy.

I visit Hilton at her Beverly Hills home on a quiet, unassuming street last month. Despite having been robbed by the Bling Ring thieves and enduring years of public scrutiny, Hilton, I notice, has left the modern home’s bronze wrought-iron gate wide open, welcoming a revolving door of guests that include a photographer, publicist and large film crew.

Although she was born into the wealthy family behind the Hilton Hotel empire, the 38-year-old became a household name about 15 years ago thanks to her role on one of TV’s first reality shows, “The Simple Life.”

Seated on a metallic couch in her home theater, Hilton is wearing her signature look — one fans have come to know well: a pink velour Juicy Couture jumpsuit with Nike sneakers. Inside the room, there’s a decorative pillow with the words “In Fashion We Trust” and another one that has cherubs covered in sunglasses and tattoos.

Otherwise, the space is barren. It has an emptiness to it. Perhaps that’s because Hilton only spends a handful of days per year in Los Angeles. Or maybe she’s more likely to entertain in her two-story home’s living room, which feels like the lobby of an upscale hotel complete with an image of Marilyn Monroe blowing a bubble by artist Michael Moebius; a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk; large-scale photographs of Hilton; a neon sign that reads: “Life is Beautiful”; and a lineup of colorful gnomes sticking up their middle fingers.

When she’s in town — “which is hardly ever,” she tells me — Hilton mostly stays indoors watching television with her five dogs and two cats. She cooks, paints and creates music in her home recording studio. “Being an Aquarius, I’m creative,” says Hilton, who became known in the 2000s for her sparkly, innately girly fashion — the result of retail therapy, not an image architect.

I was my own stylist,” she says, explaining she was in the spotlight before the rise of the celebrity stylist and “The Rachel Zoe Project,” which debuted in 2008.

Although Hilton says her “favorite and most iconic pieces” were stolen by the Bling Ring, as depicted in director Sofia Coppola’s 2013 film, she keeps the remainder of her designer goods locked away in storage. “I save a lot of pieces for when I have daughters one day,” she says. “I know that they’ll love them. So I have this whole area for my daughters — where all of that is waiting.

During our chat, her teacup Chihuahua, Diamond Baby, is perched on her lap. This pint-sized pup fills the void left after Hilton’s beloved dog, Tinkerbell, died in 2015. Tinkerbell was often seen with Hilton and appeared on “The Simple Life.” That show, which arrived long before “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” or any of “The Real Housewives” series, is how millions of viewers got to know Hilton — well, the version of herself that she says she created for the cameras.

Full interview: latimes.com

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I had never believed more in the six degrees of separation than when I interviewed Paris Hilton.

You’re interviewing Paris [expletive] Hilton, I’d tell myself in the moment, remembering all the instances she’d made appearances throughout my childhood and teen years – on TV; in magazines; blaring from the speakers in gay clubs; on the sleeve of one of my favourite horror DVDs, House of Wax – but also because, when we finally got the chance to talk through my questions, Paris sprinkled the conversation with celebrity name drops that made me feel like I’d been plugged into a celebutante internet router. Seventeen-year-old me would’ve screamed. Paris Hilton is the heart of celebrity culture.

Although setting up the interview proved slightly difficult with her busy working week – from jet-setting around the globe for product launches to a variety of club appearances – once we had an interview pencilled in, I eventually felt fully immersed in her celebrity world. And since this would be my debut cover feature (again, with Paris [expletive] Hilton), I jumped in head first and dragged myself right to the heart.

Being aware of Paris’ booked schedule, the juggling of several successful business endeavours and several media appearances in a single week was enough to exhaust anyone, but in speaking with the Hilton heiress, it was clear she loved her work and a ram-packed calendar wasn’t alien to her. It was refreshing and almost inspirational to see a person do so much.

What made this interview a success was the repositioning of the focus away from negative tabloid babble – with a whole host of exciting projects on the way, Paris appeared excited to share her newfound positivity with her fans. It was no difficult task to focus on this, since she’d recently dropped a star-studded music video to B.F.A. (Best Friend’s Ass), a tune that won’t go a day un-played in gay clubs around the world (and in my flat).

Source: tmrwmagazine.com