interview by CAROLINE GAIMARI
portrait in her Beverly Hills home by TORBJØRN RØDLAND
style by EMILIE KAREH
CAROLINE GAIMARI — Thanks for having me over! What a cool room.
PARIS HILTON — This is my club room, where I have incredible par- ties. I don’t have parties every night, obviously, so it’s also a workout room and an art room, where I paint, make collages, draw, do my designs. It’s kind of like a creative, fun room, which I love.
CAROLINE GAIMARI — What are you working on now?
PARIS HILTON — My main passion is my music, and DJing. I love doing that. My main focus is my business and my brand, expanding it all over the world.
CAROLINE GAIMARI — You started first with the reality show, The Simple Life.
PARIS HILTON — When I moved to New York, I was, like, 15. At around 16, I signed with Donald Trump’s agency and started to do shows and campaigns. I was going to castings every single day, doing photo shoots, doing runway shows, and I started to do the club appearances. Then Fox asked me if I would do a reality show with my sister, Nicky, who said no! She’s really shy and likes being more behind-the-scenes instead of in front of the camera. So I did it with my best friend Nicole [Richie]. She is one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet in your life. From there I built a brand off of having such a huge reality show.
CAROLINE GAIMARI — Then you did other reality shows, like Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend, and Paris Hilton’s Dubai BFF. Why did you do those?
PARIS HILTON — I got offered a lot of money, and it was kind of like having free commercials on each episode for all my product lines, which definitely made it work. I was showing my clothes or my fragrance. I thought it was cheesy to do a BFF show, but I had a fun time doing them.
CAROLINE GAIMARI — So the brand stemmed from the reality shows.
PARIS HILTON — My first product was my fragrance. Now I have 17 product lines: I built my entire brand and branched out from there to shoes, clothing, lingerie, sunglasses, watches, jewelry, dog clothes and shoes, stationary, bedding,...
[September 24 2016] : DiaryView the gallery
On view until October 29th, 2016 at Hannah Hoffman Gallery, 1010 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles.
Photo Paige Silveria
[September 24 2016] : ArtView the gallery
On view until October 22nd at Gladstone Gallery, 515 w 24th St, New York.
Photo Elise Gallant