Paris Hilton is the May cover

by karina/March 26, 2021/No Comments

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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 Engaged!

by karina/February 17, 2021/No Comments

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On Saturday, February 13th, Paris Hilton became an engaged woman when her boyfriend, venture capitalist Carter Reum, proposed to the entrepreneur and influencer while the two were celebrating her birthday on a private island. After she said “yes,” the couple posed for photos on the beach. The images highlight Hilton’s sparkly Retrofete & Crown dress from Loschy Crowns and the new diamond ring, designed by Jean Dousset—the great-grandson of Louis Cartier—that she’s now sporting on her left hand. “I am excited about this next chapter and having such a supportive partner,” Paris gushes. “Our relationship is one of equals. We make each other better people. He was absolutely worth the wait!” After taking it all in and fully documenting the moment, the couple sat down to an intimate dinner with family, including her sister Nicky, and Reum’s brother, Courtney, and to toast their happy news.

Known as a “founder’s founder,” Reum started M13, a VC firm based in L.A. and New York City that’s invested in startups which have become household names like Daily Harvest, Lyft, Ring, and Rothys. The Chicago native attended Columbia University before beginning his career at Goldman Sachs and then ultimately striking out on his own as an entrepreneur. “From our very first date, I was able to get to know the real Paris,” Reum remembers. “As people who have seen her documentary and recent advocacy work know, Paris is kind, smart, driven, authentic, and an amazing women, and I can’t wait to have her as a partner in life.”

Since starring in The Simple Life, Hilton has built Paris Hilton Entertainment, a global brand that includes stores, product lines, and fragrances. She also recently debuted This Is Paris, a Youtube Originals documentary that seemed to capture the attention of the world during the pandemic, garnering nearly 20 million views to date. The documentary follows her experience as The Simple Life star turned business woman, but also is very personal in that she reveals for the first time that she suffered abuse as a teen. After the release, Paris began using her voice, platform, and resources to support Breaking Code Silence, an organization created to eradicate abuse of children in systemically abusive institutions.

Next up, Hilton is partnering with iHeart Radio on a series of podcasts and podposts launching on February 22nd. The “This is Paris” podcast will be hosted by Hilton herself and will include candid interview with guests, discussing everything from beauty and wellness to fashion, pop culture, travel, relationships—plus of course, her new engagement, and hopefully (our fingers are crossed!) her eventual wedding plans.


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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! 🎈🎂🤴🏻🎈.”


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Podcasting holds a strong allure for would-be media disrupters and visionaries. In the still-developing medium, they see wet clay, capable of being molded into an ideal vessel for long-form narrative journalism or fiction or game shows or musicals or memoir.

Add Paris Hilton to their ranks. Hilton, master of an earlier mass-communications era in the tabloid-fueled early aughts, is getting into the podcast business with a new company, her own show and an unusual spin on a form that will seek to create an audio equivalent to social media.

“This Is Paris” will debut on Feb. 22 in partnership with iHeartMedia, the radio giant that has become one of the largest distributors of podcasts, with more than 750 shows collecting more than 250 million downloads per month. Aimed at Hilton’s over 40 million followers across social media platforms, the new show will offer a mix of personal content and conversations with her family, friends and other celebrities. It will be the flagship of a planned slate of seven shows to be produced by Hilton’s company, London Audio, and the iHeartPodcast Network. The other programs, featuring different hosts, will be released over the next three years.

“I’ve always been an innovator and first mover when it comes to reality TV, social,, and now I really believe that voice and audio is the next frontier,” she said in an interview.

A key feature of her podcast will be its use of a format that Hilton is calling “Podposts”: short (between one and three minutes), stripped-down dispatches meant to mimic the cadence and tone of posts on social media. The “This Is Paris” podcast feed will host longer (around 45 minutes), more traditionally produced episodes weekly, with intermittent Podposts filling in the gap several times per week.

“I really believe that it is like another form of social media,” Hilton explained. “I do so many things — being a D.J., a businesswoman, a designer and an author — so there will be a lot for me to talk about.”

Preplanned categories of Podposts will be inspired by Hilton’s famous catchphrases, including “That’s Hot” for product recommendations, “Loves It” for culture recommendations and “This Is my Hotline,” in which Hilton will respond to voice mail messages sent in by listeners. Conal Byrne, president of the iHeartPodcast Network, said the company is currently looking to partner with brands for sponsorship at different levels.

“Her power to recommend products to her fans that she believes in is just about unrivaled,” Byrne said.

Since the end of “The Simple Life,” her reality television series with Nicole Richie, in 2007, Hilton, who will turn 40 this month, has branched into a wide range of industries through her company, Paris Hilton Entertainment. Its assets include 45 retail stores and 19 product lines across categories like fragrance, fashion and accessories. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Hilton was a sought-after D.J. around the world, for which she has been paid a reported $1 million per gig.

In this new deal, iHeartMedia will fully fund the slate of shows produced in partnership with London Audio at a budget of multiple millions of dollars. The two companies will be joint partners in each show and split all revenue streams. After “This Is Paris,” the rest of the slate is expected to be geared toward subjects including beauty, wellness, dating, philanthropy and technology, with Hilton and Bruce Gersh, the president of London Audio, serving as executive producers.

“This is a medium that has so many dimensions and really allows you to connect to an audience in a unique way,” Gersh said. “Paris wanted to jump in wholeheartedly.”

Hilton, who named “Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions” and Kate and Oliver Hudson’s “Sibling Revelry” as among her favorite shows, immersed herself in the medium while grounded at home in Los Angeles during the pandemic.

“Usually, I’m traveling 250 days a year and working constantly,” she said. “During this whole year in quarantine, I’ve had more free time than I’ve ever had in my career. So I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and getting really interested. When I’m cooking or working or doing my art, I always have them on in the background.”

Podcasts have become a favored outlet for celebrities seeking to engage with fans in more depth than is possible in a typical post on Instagram or Twitter, while avoiding the scrutiny and vulnerability that comes with speaking to the press. Name recognition is a powerful advantage on the platform — shows by celebrity podcasters like Dax Shepard, Jason Bateman, Anna Faris and Bill Burr appear regularly in the top 50 of the Apple Podcasts charts. (In addition to the Hilton deal, iHeartMedia has struck joint partnerships with Will Ferrell and Shonda Rhimes for slates of shows.) And podcast audiences tend to be a relatively friendly bunch: There are no comments sections to elevate unpleasant behavior, and podcasts by their nature require a level of active engagement that discourages drive-by detractors.

“I think once people understand that this is a platform where they can directly interact with their fans without any kind of middleperson, it becomes a very attractive proposition,” said Tom Webster, senior vice president of Edison Research, a media research firm.

Webster added that Hilton’s Podposts concept reminded him of the proto-podcast field of audio blogging, in which writers for websites like The Quiet American and The Greasy Skillet posted short audio diaries. “It allows them to stretch out into their personal interests in a way they don’t get to in their day job,” he said.

“This Is Paris” shares a name with Hilton’s YouTube documentary, released last fall. In that film, which has nearly 20 million views, she distances herself from the blithe, ditsy persona with which she has been identified since emerging in the glare of paparazzi bulbs two decades ago. Hilton also says that she was abused by administrators at a private boarding school she attended as a teenager, an experience by which she remains traumatized.

The podcast is meant to follow in the same candid vein. Hilton is recording it at a home studio (built for her music projects) and using her much-discussed natural voice (which, to my ear, is deeper than her most girlish trill but not a dramatic departure).

“She talks in a way that’s very relaxed and accessible, as opposed to someone who is putting on a performance,” Byrne said. “Right away she was a natural at making it feel like a one-on-one phone call and not a one-to-many media asset.”

For Hilton, recording the pilot for the show did feel uncomfortable at first — unlike on social media, there were no glamorous photos or videos to hide behind. “It’s only about the knowledge you’re bringing and what you’re saying with your voice,” she said.

But soon she fell into a groove. After a lifetime of being the subject of interviews, she’s been enjoying “turning the tables” as the one asking questions. Compared with her old jobs, the commute isn’t bad either.

“I love being a homebody,” she said, reflecting on her new chapter. “I’ve worked so incredibly hard to build my empire — now I get to finally enjoy it.”