Paris Hilton Claims to Have Invented the Selfie…She’s Probably Right
If you’re a millennial mom, you can definitely remember the time in your life when Paris Hilton was literally EVERYWHERE. If it wasn’t her show “The Simple Life,” it was one of her many fragrances (I admit I had a couple) or maybe her attempt at a music career (how could you not love ‘Stars Are Blind?’) At very least, you always saw pictures of her, either by herself or with other socialites or starlets.
One could argue that Paris Hilton paved the way for the modern day celebrity so it’s no surprise that she claims to have invented the selfie. “I think I have a selfie from when I was a little kid, like on a disposable camera.” she tells W Magazine in an interview.
For those who may have been living under a rock between the years of 2000 and 2008 or so, Paris Hilton is an heiress to the Hilton Hotel company, but she is a brilliant businesswoman in her own right. She was really ahead of the curve on the whole socialite as a celebrity/being famous for nothing thing, and even though many people probably bestow that crown on Kim Kardashian’s head, she was working as Paris Hilton’s assistant at the height of Paris mania, so…let’s give credit where credit is due.
In 2004, Hilton published a book called “Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Cheek Peek Behind the Pose” full of dozens of glossy shots of Paris in various and assorted luxurious poses. It even came with a companion diary where readers could capture their most heiress worthy moments. I sipped the Paris Hilton koolaid pretty hardcore. There was something about her that was incredibly appealing to me as a young adult; she was glamorous, stylish, and had a pulse on everything that was cool. What about that isn’t enviable to a 19 year old. She was the reason everyone was running around saying “That’s hot.”
While she has stepped out of the public eye significantly in the past eight years, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been busy. She has several businesses under the Paris Hilton umbrella, including a popular shoe line and a handbag line. She travels all around the world as a DJ as well. In the W Magazine feature, they give a peek into Paris Hilton’s house, which is unsurprisingly covered in pictures of Hilton. When you’ve made a brand out of being yourself, of course you celebrate that. “It’s my work and I’m proud of it.” She says.
She has also acknowledged her style icon status, saying “To now see things on the runway, and to see girls wearing things that I used to wear is really cool because nobody really dressed like me back in the day.” I mean, we have her to thank for making the Juicy Couture velour sweatsuit a thing. You keep doing you Paris.