How Paris Hilton Became the Biggest Brand of the ’00s

“I’m constantly traveling…so it gets really lonely sometimes,” she explained. “I’ve been through so much in life, and I don’t really trust people. I’ve just grown accustomed to being f–ked over. But with my fans, I don’t feel like that at all. Not a day goes by when I’m not texting, FaceTiming or emailing with my Little Hiltons.”

Also in the film, about the highs and lows of influencer culture—the highs being fame and fortune (and, in Paris’ case, a built-in support system), the lows being the trolls and inevitable influx of negativity (or worse) that comes from sharing one’s life with cameras—and she admitted that being the butt of all those sex tape jokes starting in 2003 was a soul-crushing experience. 

“Back then, people were acting like I was the bad person or the villain,” Paris told the L.A. Times in 2019. “Today, if that happened, whoever did that to the person would be [vilified].” 

“As a little girl, I always looked up to Princess Diana and women like that who I respected so much,” she recalled. “And I felt that when that man [her ex Rick Salomon] put out that tape, it basically took that away from me because, for the rest of my life, people are going to judge me and think of me in a certain way just because of a private moment with someone that [I] trusted and loved.”

But while she understandably feared that she would be forever judged by that one bad decision, she didn’t let it define her—nor did she let her pop culture infamy go to waste.

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