Paris Hilton became a big star thanks to her appearances at clubs and the success of her reality TV show, The Simple Life. That was more than 15 years ago, and Hilton is still making headlines for her business ventures and her love life (or current lack thereof).
But she’s changed a lot over the years and insists she is a completely different person to the socialite and star that fans first saw all those years ago, and in addition to growing as a person and as a woman, she has also continued to build a business empire for herself — and tried her hand at just about everything.
Below are 20 things that Paris Hilton has done since the time when she was Kim Kardashian’s BFF.
20 Paris Says She’s Changed A Lot
Paris Hilton first came onto everyone’s radar as a socialite and a reality TV star, but she says she’s changed a lot since her first taste of fame.
“I’ve grown so much as a person and a woman since The Simple Life,” she told People. “I’ve been through a lot, but I’ve worked really hard…”
19 Paris And Kim Kardashian Have Officially Become Friends Again, And Even Teamed Up For A Music Video
Kim Kardashian West has come a long way since she was first known as one of Paris Hilton’s best friends, and in terms of fame and success, some might say Kardashian West has overtaken Hilton.
Over the years, these two women grew apart, but in 2019 they showed the world that they had reunited, sharing several photos together on social media, and even teaming up for a song.
18 Paris Has Expressed Her Excitement Over Kim And Kanye’s Children (She's Really Getting Back In Kim's Good Graces)
Paris showed she has a whole lot of love for Kim Kardashian West when she attended Kim's baby shower for her fourth child (who she shares with husband, Kanye West).
According to E! News, Kim had a baby shower for her son, who was born via gestational surrogate, and among the guests was Hilton.
17 She’s Proven Herself As A Serious DJ Who Demands Attention (And She Gets Paid Big Money For It, Too)
Paris Hilton is now a DJ, a path not many people would have expected her to follow.
“I was the first person to do these celebrity appearances at clubs,” she told People. “About six years ago, I noticed the DJs were taking over that space…” She decided to try it out for herself, and now she’s in demand. According to Refinery29, in 2016 she made $300,000 for an appearance in Serbia.
16 She's Showed Off Her Skills On The Slopes With Sofia Richie
There was a time when Paris Hilton’s best friend was Nicole Richie, and although the two women no longer run in the same circles, it turns out Hilton is still close with the family because she has been spotted hanging out with Nicole’s younger sister, Sofia.
Paris and Sofia have even been on holiday together and were photographed during an Aspen ski vacation.
15 Paris Found Love With Chris Zylka (And Fans Thought This Was It For Her), But Their Engagement Ended Abruptly
Chris Zylka and Paris Hilton were meant to walk down the aisle, but their plans of marriage didn’t work out. As for what went wrong? An insider told People, “The relationship moved very fast, and she realized it wasn’t right for her.”
The silver lining in this situation is that Hilton kept the impressive $2 million ring that Zylka had gifted her.
14 She’s Actually Far Too Busy To Be In A Relationship At The Moment
The announcement that Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka had called off their relationship was rather unexpected because they seemed so happy together. But her mom, Kathy, cites Paris' busy schedule as a dating obstacle.
Before the couple called it quits, they pushed back the date of their wedding, and TMZ spoke to Kathy about this, who told the outlet that her daughter was so busy with work that she had “no time at all.”
13 Despite Rekindling Her Friendship With Kim K, Paris And Lindsay Lohan Won’t Be Hanging Out Anytime Soon
Paris and Kim are in each other’s lives again, but one person who Paris will not be extending an olive branch to is Lindsay Lohan.
Hilton spoke about her former friend in an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy (via People).
“Back in the day we were friends, but [she’s] just one of those people that I just don’t really trust,” she said.
12 She Has Released An Impressive Number Of Fragrances — The Latest Is No. 24
Paris Hilton is still relevant today, and she has worked hard to get where she is. She’s the sort of woman who is very business savvy and has explored various business ventures, including the beauty and fragrance industries.
In 2018, she released her Platinum Rush Paris Hilton For Women Eau de Parfum, and according to People, this was her 24th fragrance.
11 Stepping Back Onto The Catwalk Seemed Effortless For Paris, As She Walked In Namilia’s Show
Paris Hilton is the sort of woman who seems to be able to do it all.
In addition to her many business ventures, she decided to rekindle her love for fashion when she walked the Namilia Show during New York Fashion Week in 2018 — and looked good doing it.
10 She’s An Aunt To Her Sister Nicky Hilton’s Children (And It’s A Role She’s Enjoying)
Paris Hilton has had many titles and roles over the years — everything from socialite to DJ — but one of the most important is her role as an aunt. Paris’ sister, Nicky Hilton, is a mother to two children, Lily Grace and Teddy, and according to Refinery29, Paris is a lovely aunt who spoils her niece and nephew.
“Whenever she comes over, she comes bearing sweet gifts," Nicky told the publication.
9 What’s Next For Paris? Apparently, ‘World Domination’
Paris Hilton has set goals for herself, and she’s set the bar pretty high! When speaking about what was next for her, during an interview with Gay Times (via People), she stated that she wanted “World domination.”
She continued, “I’m just going to continue working hard, living life to the fullest, releasing new products, music, and DJ-ing around the world.”
8 Paris Has Shown The World She Cares With A Humanitarian Trip
There is no denying that Paris Hilton has lived a privileged life, and she enjoys the finer things in life, but she also has a big heart and cares about the wellbeing of others.
She showed this when she got involved in a humanitarian mission in the town of Xochimilco, Mexico, where, according to TMZ, she spent time helping those affected by an earthquake.
7 She’s Teamed Up With Fashion Retailers For Enviable Collections
Paris Hilton has made headlines for her personal style choices before, so it is not unexpected that fashion retailers would want to collaborate with her. One of the retailers she has paired up with is Boohoo.
She told People this was a company she had wanted to partner with because she already loved them and “ had been ordering stuff online from them.”
6 She's Praised Other Women In The Industry For Their Success
It is important to celebrate the achievements of other women, and this is something that Paris Hilton believes in.
She has publicly shown her support for Kylie Jenner, telling TMZ she’s a “girl boss” for her success after being named by Forbes as the “youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female.”
5 She Has Reflected On The Time When She Was Reality TV’s Queen, Thanks To ‘The Simple Life’
The Simple Life debuted in 2003 and it made Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie big stars. Both women have come a long way since then, but Hilton has nothing but fond memories of the experience, even commemorating its 15-year anniversary with a post on social media.
“So many fun, amazing and hilarious memories with Nicole,” she wrote. “Love that this show is so timeless and iconic.”
4 Enthusiastic About Skincare, Paris Says Her Youthful Appearance Is Down To Good Creams
Paris Hilton has hardly aged since she first gained fame, and she has stated that her youthful appearance is thanks to the skincare products she uses.
According to People, she has launched her own skincare line, and she has said it is so good that she never needs to get any work done.
3 She Starred In A 2018 Documentary Entitled ‘The American Meme’
Netflix is the go-to place when you want to spend an evening in and binge-watch TV, and you can find one of Paris Hilton’s projects on the demand service.
The project in question is a 2018 documentary, and she shared her excitement to be featured in it when she took to social media to write about how “happy, excited and proud” she was of the traction it was getting.
2 She Has Baby Fever (So A Child May Be In Paris’ Future)
Paris Hilton may no longer be in a relationship and has no plans to walk down the aisle any time soon, but in 2018 she did comment on how she would love to have children.
"I can't wait to have a baby," Paris told E! News, adding, "I'm gonna be the best mom."
1 She Can Be Seen At All The Best Events, Including Coachella, Because She’s Paris Hilton!
If fans ever want to catch a glimpse of Paris Hilton, it’s not hard to find her because she is always in attendance at the best festivals and events, including Coachella.
And wherever she goes, there are photos that follow, because after all, this is the life of Paris Hilton.
References: People, The Cut, E! News, Refinery29, TMZ