I’m trying to think of what I haven’t done yet because I feel like I’ve basically done everything. The one thing I haven’t done yet is go to outer space. So maybe that’s the next thing I’d want to do, just leave the planet a little bit.
At the Collision press conference, we had the pleasure to interview Paris Hilton. Paris is an American media personality, businesswoman, socialite, model, musician, and actress. She is a great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. The reality television series The Simple Life, in which she starred with her socialite counterpart Nicole Richie, started its five-year run with 13 million viewers, on FOX.
In 2004, Hilton published her book, Confessions of an Heiress, which became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2012, Hilton made her debut as a DJ at Brazil’s Pop Music Festival. She held her own residence at the Amnesia nightclub in Ibiza between 2013 and 2017, was the highest-paid female DJ in 2014, and has performed in festivals such as Summerfest and Tomorrowland.
Hilton has been involved with the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In August 2015, Hilton raised $100,000 for children with disabilities in Ibiza. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Hilton performed a DJ set at the virtual music festival #TrillerFest, to drive donations for No Kid Hungry and Music Cares, and a portion of the proceeds from her merchandise collection went to Frontline Foods and local restaurants feeding frontline workers.
Thank you so much for joining us today, Paris. Can you talk a little bit more about your upcoming documentary?
Paris: My documentary is titled, “This is Paris,” and it was supposed to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and then go into movie theaters afterward. However, we’ve had to reschedule it because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is just an inside look and the untold story of my life. I feel that the public got to know me through a character I played on a reality TV show titled, “The Simple Life,” which isn’t who I am. There’s so much more to me, and I have a story to tell. I will also talk about some traumatic experiences that happened to me as a teenager, which I have never discussed before. I feel that this is the right time to use my voice to talk about them because I know there are teenagers who are also experiencing similar problems. I just wanted to be open and honest as possible. People will definitely be surprised when they see this film.
We have over the years seen you do so much from acting, documentaries, being a DJ and more, what have you enjoyed the most?
Paris: I’m blessed because I get to do so many things I love. I love the entertainment world, business, designing, and being creative. I have so much fun with everything I do, especially deejaying and just being on stage and feeling that energy. However, the thing I love the most is being a businesswoman and an entrepreneur. And I’m so proud of the brand and the empire that I’ve created. Being a boss is my favorite part.
On the business side of things, who have been your business role models?
Paris: I’ve always looked up to my grandfather, Barron. He passed away last year, and I miss him so much. I’ve always been so fascinated by the brand he built and the incredible businessman he was. I always strived to be like him and to make him proud. I also had this drive to want to be known more than just as the Hilton Hotel granddaughter. I wanted to be known as Paris. So, looking up to him my whole life really inspired me to become the businesswoman that I am today.
Are you also engaged in the hospitality business?
Paris: Yes. I already have two different properties in the Philippines that are Paris properties. I’m also looking to expand and have more properties like boutique hotels, bars, and clubs all around the world. I’ve always been a part of the family business, so it is a dream come true to have started my business.
You’re about to release your 26th fragrance, pink rush. How did all of this start?
Paris: Well, I just launched my 26th fragrance, Pink Rush, and now I’m about to launch my 27th perfume which is called Lucks Rush. I’ve been in the fragrance industry for 17 years. When I was a little girl, I told my mom one day that I would have my own perfume. I started when I was a teenager, and later ended up signing a deal with Parlux and we’ve been together ever since. So, it’s exciting to have been in this business. I also thank all my fans for always supporting me and loving all of my fragrances. It makes me feel really happy and proud.
So what are your reasons for getting into technology investments? What are some of your startup investments?
Paris: I’ve always been an undercover nerd. I’m obsessed with anything that has to do with technology. I’ve actually been an investor for a very long time, but I’ve mostly been investing in myself and my brands. But now, I’ve really taken my time to look into other different projects and developed interests in other entrepreneurs who have great business ideas. My boyfriend has a company called M 13. They’re one of the biggest venture capital firms in the world. It’s amazing to have him to look up to and get advice from him about the investment world and the projects I invested in this year. I just invested in Good Catch, which is a plant-based seafood company that makes healthy delicacies for consumers.
You have a lot of projects. How do you manage your time and manage all these projects?
Paris: It takes a lot of work and dedication. I don’t stop. I’m an Aquarius, so I’m naturally creative. I always like to be busy, which is why I love working on multiple projects. I also have an incredible team of people that I really trust and can bounce ideas off of.
What advice do you have for women interested in entrepreneurship?
Paris: I think it’s really important to figure out exactly what your passion is, what you love to do and what your talents are, and really focus all that energy on it. Because things in the business world only happen with hard-work, passion, and dedication. So I think for any young woman who is interested in getting into the business world, it’s really important to just work hard and find people who you could really trust and who will bring your ideas to life.
You also need to focus on social media platforms, build your brand, and show it to the world. I think if you do that, anything is possible.
Having worked across beauty, music, and fashion industries, which industry was most challenging to break in into, and why?
Paris: I’ve had an amazing time in all of those industries.
I think the most challenging was the beauty industry because I met with different companies and people while researching the technology for my Paris Hilton pro-DNA skincare line. I did that because I wanted to build a product line that actually has results and works. Eventually, I found the scientists who helped me create a perfect product line. The product line is doing amazing and it’s making people have beautiful skin and that’s what I love to do with my products — to make people happy and bring light to people.
On the DJ side, how did you get involved with DJing?
Paris: I’ve always loved music. I loved to entertain. I started when I went to Las Vegas, where I did my first club appearance. It ended up being a huge part of my business. From that moment, different clubs, events, and brands began hiring for live performances. I later hired the best people in the business (DJing) and learned everything there was to know about being a DJ and started making that a huge business. Whenever I’m traveling around the world, I’ll have my team book out my entire day from morning to night. In the day, I do all my business, and then at night, I get to entertain my fans, and I love it.
You have a lot of feathers in your cap. Are there some goals that you have not yet reached?
Paris: I’m trying to think of what I haven’t done yet because I feel like I’ve basically done everything. The one thing I haven’t done yet is go to outer space. So maybe that’s the next thing I want to do, just leave the planet a little bit.
What’s your favorite book, movie, or a TV show at the moment?
Paris: Well, I love the Simple Life. I order and read different books all the time. There’s one I’m reading right now; it’s called, “How to be a mogul,” and I’m really enjoying it.
You have a very special bond with your fans. You have given your phone number to them and even invited some to stay at your house. Why did you build that bond with your fans?
Paris: I consider my fans as my family, and I love the close bond relationship between us. Sometimes, I feel lonely traveling around the world all the time, but it’s so nice to have my fans around. I have them fly in and spend time with them just to see their smile and the light in their eyes. There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing someone genuinely happy and excited. It’s just a magical and special feeling.
When you were a little girl, did you ever dream of being one of the most recognized figures in the world.
Paris: When I was a little girl, I was actually very shy. In fact, I am still a bit shy. I was a huge tomboy and I never really thought about this when I was little. I just loved animals so much and I wanted to be a veterinarian. So I had no idea this would happen.
You have such a busy lifestyle and you’re so hardworking, what do you do to take your mind off things and relax? Do you have any self-care tips you can share with us?
Paris: Yes, I have my self-care tips. I do a lot of face masks, especially with my Paris Hilton pro DNAs skincare line that just came out with this new gold mask. I also use hair masks and conditioners.
What do you think was the most iconic moment of your career?
Paris: Definitely, it was my 21st birthday Swarovski dress. Over the years, I’ve seen many birthday girls wearing it on the runway, and all over Instagram. I think it’s like the ultimate birthday dress.
Who was your biggest inspiration?
Paris: My biggest inspiration was my grandfather, Barron. He was my mentor while growing up and I always wanted to make him proud. I owe everything to him for the woman I am today.
What are your plans for the next five years?
Paris: My plans are just to continue investing in new projects and different entrepreneurs I believe in. I also plan to spend my time on things that make me happy and make the world a better place.
Thank you for your time with us!
Paris: Thank you. Love you all.