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Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose

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by Paris Hilton, Merle Ginsberg (With), Jeff Vespa (Photographer)

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"A lot of people seem to have the wrong idea about me. In fact, pretty much everything I read about myself is totally ridiculous.... I've finally decided to let the world know: Okay, I get it."

Paris Hilton has a lifestyle most girls dream about. Her name is on everyone's lips, but can she help it if she was born rich and privileged? Now,


"A lot of people seem to have the wrong idea about me. In fact, pretty much everything I read about myself is totally ridiculous.... I've finally decided to let the world know: Okay, I get it."

Paris Hilton has a lifestyle most girls dream about. Her name is on everyone's lips, but can she help it if she was born rich and privileged? Now, with a sly sense of humor and a big wink at her media image, Paris lets you in for a sneak peek at the life of a real, live heiress/model/actress/singer/it-girl and tells you how anyone can live a fairy-tale life like hers.

Featuring more than three hundred fabulous color photos of Paris, Confessions of an Heiress is a look at life from the unique perspective of a young woman who has the whole world at her stiletto-clad feet.

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A wag once defined "celebrity" as "someone who is famous for being famous." Paris Hilton is a celebrity. Although the precise nature of her appeal remains obscure, the hotel heiress/Simple Life star continues to distract us from more important things. Confessions of an Heiress contains Paris's unabashedly frivolous outtakes on her fame, fortune (estimated at $30 million), and future. Along the way, she dispenses lifestyle tips ("Never have only one cell phone."), thoughts on fashion faux pas ("I look like Army Barbie in that Pucci dress."), and romantic advice ("Don't be too easy.") An autobiography for the ages.

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Confessions of an Heiress

A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose
By Paris Hilton Merle Ginsberg


Copyright © 2004 Paris Hilton Entertainment, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7432-6664-1

Chapter One

How to be an Heiress

A lot of people seem to have the wrong idea about me. In fact, pretty much everything I read about myself is totally ridiculous. Newspapers and magazines write that I'm spoiled and privileged, and that all I do is dance on tabletops and party with my friends. They think I instantly became famous because I was born into a rich, well-known family, and everything has come so easily to me. They like to think everything they read about me in the tabloids is true. Well, you can't always believe what you read, right? So I've finally decided to give you a sneak peek into my very hyped life - so you can know the real me.

I haven't bothered to correct what's been written about me so far because, well, gossips believe whatever they want anyway. The people I care about know the real me. If I'm happy with who I am, what difference does it make?

And that's the bottom line for me. While the stuff printed about me over the last few years is amusing and makes me laugh, I've finally decided to let the world know: Okay, I get it. Everyone can have fun with my image because I like to have fun with it too. My friends know that while I like my lifestyle, I don't take it - or my media image - all that seriously. I do take my family seriously. I take my dog, Tinkerbell, seriously. I take my work seriously. But I don't take myself all that seriously.

Now, I have to confess to you: Despite what you've read, being a famous heiress is not that easy. It is, of course, fun and exciting, and it comes in handy for air travel. But look around you, and in the gossip columns: Not every heiress is famous. Or fun. There are a lot of boring heiresses out there. What a waste, I say! These are people who are so afraid of what other people might think or write about them, they don't take advantage of all the possibilities that being an heiress hands you on a silver platter. They think there's a prescribed way of "being an heiress" that you're supposed to conform to. It involves wearing white gloves, big hats, and pearls, having some dowdy debut or a coming-out party, and going to fancy, snobby all-girl colleges - boring, old-fashioned stuff like that.

I totally disagree. There is no sin worse in life than being boring - and nothing worse than letting other people tell you what to do. I was one of the few heiresses to walk the runway as a model. A lot of people thought that was shocking. Why did I do it? Was it a desperate cry for attention, like the papers said? Hardly. It's not like I need any more attention. Did I do it for money? Of course not. Modeling doesn't pay that well, anyway, unless you're Gisele or Cindy Crawford, or, like Patti Hansen, you get to marry a rock star. I did it because it was fun.

Well, suddenly, everyone got all freaked out. It seems modeling wasn't on the list of socially acceptable activities for heiresses. Then, a year later, every other socialite started walking the runway. Now you can't keep them off the runway. Now there are model agents in New York and L.A. who specialize in getting socialites jobs as models. And if I hadn't pursued it, it might never have happened. I mean, if I didn't do it, who would have? By being brave - and channeling my "inner heiress" - I created a new opportunity for young heiresses.

That is what being an heiress means to me: being in charge. After all, if you have money and certain advantages, no one should be in charge of your life but you. Especially after the age of twenty-one. I'm twenty-three now, but in a lot of ways, I always took matters into my own hands. I knew I wanted to be a model, actress, and singer from a pretty young age, so I told my parents, and they could tell I was serious. In so many ways, being an heiress is really all in your head. If you follow your own plans and dreams and you don't let anyone talk you out of them, then you'll start to get the hang of being an heiress. It's all about feeling entitled, which seems, for some weird reason, to make a very big impression - a good one. And who's more empowered than an heiress? Heiresses are born with privileges. If you walk into a room and know you're the most exciting person in the room because ... you are, then you're feeling like an heiress. All you need after that is a good handbag, a great pose, and very high heels, and you're on your way. (Long blond hair doesn't hurt, either.)

The best way for me to tell everyone how to act and feel like an heiress is by doing this book. First of all, the book parties will be really fun! But beyond that, I want to put it out there that if you can channel your own inner heiress, create your own image, and project an extreme sense of confidence - even if you don't really feel it every moment - people will treat you differently. Sure, heiresses are born with privileges. But if an heiress doesn't project natural-born superconfidence, no one is going to take her seriously or put her on the pedestal she deserves to be on. Put yourself on your own pedestal, and then everybody else will, too. Always act like you're on camera, and the spotlight's on you. Always behave like you are the center of attention. Always act like you're wearing an invisible crown. I do. And it's always worked for me.

And try adding a little attitude to your normal behavior. For instance, if you expect people to do things for you, they will. If you act like a doormat, no one will lift a finger for you. That does not mean you should ever be mean, or snobby. A true heiress is never mean to anyone - except a girl who steals her boyfriend. An heiress should be a little above it all, but sweet. She can afford to be kind because she's well bred and never in a hurry. And she shouldn't go around spilling her guts to everyone. Have some secrets, I say. Secrets are very important assets if you're going to be an heiress.

Even if you have no secrets - and everyone does - you've got to make people think that you do. If people read a few tidbits about you in Vanity Fair or on "Page Six," they instantly want to know more. They will want to know everything about you. If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: People need to believe your life is better than theirs.

After all, everyone needs a fantasy. Okay, maybe I don't, but most rich people want something they can't have. If they have one Rolls-Royce, they fantasize about having two. If they have a closet full of Chanel, they want a closet full of Gucci.

I'm a fantasy to a lot of people. They want to think that I have more fun than they do, have fewer problems, wake up looking great, go to sleep looking great, can buy and eat anything in the world I want, and get any hot guy I want. They think I'm "Paris Barbie." (I take that as a compliment. Barbie is my total fashion icon!) No one wants to think that I have a normal life or problems. They prefer to imagine someone has the Perfect Life, and I guess mine seems like that to a lot of people. I've only been me, so I can't tell if my life is perfect or not.

The way I keep people wondering about me is to smile all the time and say as little as possible. Smile beautifully, smile big, smile confidently, and everyone thinks you've got all kinds of secret things going on. And that keeps them wanting more. And when they want more, you are automatically interesting. If you give too much away, no one needs to know anything else. You've given it all away - and for free. And if you do that, well, you're never going to have any money. Or make any money. It's what they call "supply and demand."

So, while I'm going to reveal some of my secrets here, don't get your hopes up too high. I'll never reveal ALL of them. How tacky would that be? An heiress never reveals how much money she's worth, or her family's worth. An heiress hardly ever refers to money, period. An heiress never reveals how many guys she's dated, or ... whatever. There are definitely a number of things an heiress won't talk about. You can imagine what they are. There's a big difference between being fun and provocative and being totally over-the-top and gross. An heiress knows how to tread that fine line - in stilettos.

I've noticed that my girlfriends want to tell their friends everything. They need to talk about every tight T-shirt they buy, every carbohydrate they eat, every insecurity they have, every single thing a guy says to them. These girls have no secrets. So no one needs to talk behind their backs. They've spilled it all. I don't do that.

Rule Number One: Heiresses aren't needy. If an heiress is feeling a little insecure, she should go shopping. And if she still doesn't feel any better, she should go to Paris. Or Saint-Tropez. For the weekend, if necessary. Because there's always another fun place to visit, another set of fun people, another cute outfit waiting to be snapped up. There's no reason for an heiress to ever EVER be bored.

Rule Number Two: An heiress should never be too serious. Being too serious is very dull, and is a sign you have no imagination or personality. No one really wants to hang out with anyone too serious. An heiress is so confident - and why shouldn't she be? - that she should always be able to make fun of herself. First of all, if you make fun of yourself, no one gets upset when you make fun of other people. And if you make fun of yourself first, no one gets the urge to do it behind your back. You've taken all the power away from them - AND made them laugh. It's a double whammy.

Here are my fail-safe instructions on how to be an heiress and live like you have a privileged life - and I am serious about them. Most of them, anyway.


1 BE BORN INTO THE RIGHT FAMILY. Choose your chromosomes wisely. This may seem like ludicrous advice, but actually it isn't. If an heiress is in control of everything, why shouldn't she be in control of who she's born to? You know how everyone always says there are no accidents? Well, I believe you choose who you're born to. And if you do have the misfortune of being born into the wrong family, remember: No one has to know. Airing family laundry is definitely a big no-no for an heiress. You can always reinvent yourself and your lineage if you have to. Half of Park Avenue and Bel Air have. Lineage can be a state of mind.

2 HAVE A GREAT NAME. If you are going to be an heiress, you can't have a normal name, unless you're British. All British people have plain names, and that works pretty well over there. But in America, you've got to have a name that stands out. I love my name. Paris is my favorite city. And Paris without the P is "heiress," isn't it? In sixth grade, people would make fun of me and call me "France" or "London." Well, I'm going to name my own daughter Paris! An heiress needs to have a glamorous - or a really cute - name. My sister Nicky's name is cute. An heiress's dog also needs to have a cute name. My teacup Chihuahua is named Tinkerbell, so she acts like a Tinkerbell. If you have a cute name, you will act cute. If you have a glam name, you will act glam. It's that simple. Future moms should make a note of that.

3 HAVE ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS SKIN, BUT DON'T FRET OVER IT. Pile makeup on and never, ever have a breakout. Perfect skin is a birthright, and it means you can never really take a bad photograph. No amount of junk food or Coca-Cola can change your skin. And if, God forbid, it does, have a great makeup artist standing by. It can't hurt.

4 EAT ONLY FAST FOOD OR THE MOST FABULOUS FOOD. Greasy chips or perfect crab cakes. Cotton candy or caviar. Fast food or fois gras. French fries or black-pepper shrimp from the Ivy in L.A. Cheesy junk or expensive cheese. Being an heiress is all about extremes.

5 DEVELOP A WAY OF ENTERING A ROOM THAT LOOKS ROYAL AND REGAL BUT NOT SNOBBY. Learn how to pose in an onslaught of flashing lights without blinking. (Note to celebrities: You can always improve.) Always know your best angle - for your body and your face - and work it. Study your own pictures and you'll figure it out.

6 NEVER, EVER WAKE UP BEFORE TEN; NEVER GO TO BED BEFORE THREE. Normal hours are for normal people. You never want to be normal. Anyone can be normal. How boring. I'm yawning.

7 ALWAYS TELL EVERYONE WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR. Then do what you want. That way, no one ever gets mad at you. They get very confused, then blame it on themselves. If anyone confronts you, smile sweetly and act coyly. Particularly with guys. And bosses. Try not to have bosses if you can avoid them. Or have your manager deal with them.

8 NEVER HAVE ONLY ONE CELL PHONE WHEN YOU CAN HAVE MANY. Lose one all the time. That way, if you haven't called someone back, you can blame it on the lost phone. It's very important to get a new model the minute it comes out. Nokias, Ericksons, Motorolas - those are the coolest. Always have at least two numbers: a friend line and a business line. If I feel like avoiding a call, I answer my phone in a phony British accent and say, "Hello, Paris Hilton's line," or something like that. I do that if I'm expecting a call from a guy I've changed my mind about and I don't want to have dinner with him anymore. Every woman has the right to change her mind from time to time; therefore heiresses have more of a right.

9 NEVER WEAR THE SAME THING TWICE. This is particularly important if you're going to be photographed a lot, which I am. If you double up, people will think you have only one outfit - and that's annoying. And untrue.

10 DON'T WEAR A DRESS THAT'S IN ALL THE MAGAZINES. That's for girls with no imagination who just buy what magazines tell them to buy. Look for the cool, unusual dress that no one else has the nerve to wear. Dare to be different. Dare to wear colors and prints. All the boring New York socialite girls wear black. Do you ever see a girl in a magazine wearing black? I don't think so. Don't run out and buy the bag of the moment or the dress of the moment. I like expensive things, but I like cheap things, too. I like anything that's cute and makes me happy. I haven't met too many clothes I didn't like - except black clothes.

11 IF YOU'RE HAPPY, WEAR PINK. If you're depressed, wear black. Black is for people who don't want to have fun with clothes and who are always hiding - in other words, depressed. No one with a truly great body wears black, trust me. And if you really want to stand out and be confident, wear white.

12 MAKE PLANS, PLANS, AND MORE PLANS. Invite everyone you know to come along. If there aren't enough hours in the day, don't worry, there will be. You live in a different time zone: Heiress Time.

13 ACT DITZY. LOSE THINGS. It throws people off and makes them think you're "adorable," and less together than you really are.

14 IF ALL ELSE FAILS, ACT BORED. Not boring. There's a huge difference.


Excerpted from Confessions of an Heiress by Paris Hilton Merle Ginsberg Copyright © 2004 by Paris Hilton Entertainment, Inc.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

Paris Hilton is the great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton. She is a socialite, model, recording artist, and actress who has appeared on television shows and in feature films and has been the subject of countless photographs and feature articles.

Merle Ginsberg is an entertainment and fashion writer who has contributed to many magazines and newspapers, including W, Women's Wear Daily, The New York Times Magazine, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, and People.

Jeff Vespa has taken more photographs of Paris Hilton than any other photographer. He is an artist, celebrity photographer, and cofounder and president of the global digital photography agency WireImage.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is like a magazine, something that shouldn't be taken seriously, or be lived by. she offers some really stupid advice, but hey its entertaining. but stuff like... 'NEVER, EVER WAKE UP BEFORE TEN NEVER GO TO BED BEFORE THREE.' & 'ACT DITZY. LOSE THINGS. It throws people off and makes them think you're 'adorable'' no one should actually take her advice, I mean its Paris Hilton for crying out loud!! but if your looking for a good laugh, and a good picture book, then knock your-self out, & read away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just like most of American I can't stand Paris Hilton... I was sleeping over at my best friend's house, and her sister is crazy about Paris, and for a laugh we started to read this book. And, man we couldn't put it down!!! It's really additive! And, another shocker... Paris gives a few awesome tips. That really work! If it wasn't that I still don't really like Paris, and I refuse to buy any of her products, I would totally buy this.Pretty cool book! And, if you don't mind giving Miss Hilton a few more bucks, pick up this book. For girls 12-18
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She still writes like a vapid thirteen year old with no concept of where money actually comes from or that other people have to work for it. The most work she's probably ever done in her life is sweat over a DWI. Oh, wait, no, she has a bunch of lawyers to do that for her. Lawyers that she never will have to worry about paying, because Daddy's money took care of that for her. It's despicable. No one ever taught this girl about responsibility, work ethic or actual intelligent conversation, and so we have a monster on our hands. A dreadful, stupid, entitled little beast who doesn't have the brains God gave a rock. This book is a disgrace to all those who made their fortune by actually working for it. She is a piss-poor role model.
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RitaGRG More than 1 year ago
Paris, your writing reveals low vocabulary. For goodness sake, you are an adult and a socialite, not a gossipy teenager. As a socialite, you should show class via intelligence and wit. At your age, as a socialite, you should have acquired a wide vocabulary befitting your class. To augment your vocabulary, you should buy yourself a good dictionary. Each day, learn a few new words, idioms, proverbs, etc. Before long, you'll have a charming, interesting vocabulary to dazzle others. You'll have perfected your art of conversation and be able to upstage your dim-witted socialite friends with your smart vocabulary.
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Aphroditegoddess More than 1 year ago
Paris Hilton is really a misunderstood person. People believe the hype, the image. Read her book, and get to know the real person. Enough said.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book at all, I couldn't even finish it. I thought it was supposed to be about her life and it's just telling you how to be an heiress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this novel, i realized that my dream was not to study law at Harvard, but to prowl the red carpets alongside or as Paris Hilton! She is a role model to many young girls, especially ones that are overweight or morbidly obese. It shows them that to look prettier, they be healthier by starving themselves and drinking large amounts of alcohol. I don't know why the paparazzi gives this poor young woman so much trouble and hardship. She should win the Nobel Peace Prize for setting such a good example for not only young girls, but the rest of the world. If not at least starting by winning the prize for Literature of this Book. If only we were all like Paris Hilton, then there would be no problems in the world. READ AN ASSIMILATE PARIS HILTONS OF THE WORLD- ASSEMBLE! 3
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was expecting this book to be good, but instead found it to be very interesting. I finished the book within one day, and reread it again. It's a tell all of Paris Hilton, and her opinions on certain things. I would recommend it to anyone who finds an interest in celebrities and/or Paris Hilton!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you really stop to think about it, Paris Hilton wouldn't be anywhere without her Daddie's fortune. Who is she to give out advice on life when she's had to do absolutely nothing but be glamourously scandelous? She's no better than a playboy model. How horrible to have Paris as your role model and idol. Her type of life only brings hurt and deap dissatisfaction. How can you admire someone who is a collection of corrupt morals? If girls gobble up her book as sacred truths, I believe that we will have an entire generation of Paris Hilton burnt-out carbon copies who are afraid of real life because they only learned how to be corrupt empty-headed party girls. For real truths consider Jesus Christ not Paris Hilton and all her 'wisdom.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paris' book is a great guide for young girls. It teaches you to love yourself as you are and above all other things : Have Fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend has this book and i borrowed it and i absolutley loved it!!!! she deserves to be an heiress b/c she's amazing. shes my idol. i would love 2 meet hur 1 day. good book paris!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought that this was a good book because paris hilton wrote it and because it was good, period. I would recommend this book to any one who wants to be an heiress and to anyone who wants to be a paris hilton.