Paris Hilton Opens Up About Being the Original Influencer
As a decade marked by the rise of the influencer comes to a close, Paris Hilton is reflecting on what it was like to be the OG influencer. The heiress opened up to the <i>Los Angeles Times </i>in a recent interview. When she hit the celeb scene as a teen around the turn of the century, things were a lot different. “Back then, it was so authentic and organic. There were no agents. There were no managers. There was certainly no glam team or stylist. Today everything is so manufactured. Young girls are now running around getting styled head-to-toe to pick up Starbucks.” Hilton also didn’t have the luxury of controlling her own image and brand via social media. She had to do things the old school way: reality TV. From 2003-2007, Hilton starred with Nicole Richie in <i>The Simple Life. </i>The life swap-style series seemed to make an impression. “All my friends who are YouTubers always say, ‘You were the reason why I do this. I learned so much from you,’” Hilton says. “Things like that make me feel happy.” She even gets praise from her longtime friend Kim Kardashian West, who credits Hilton with doing a lot for her career. Kardashian West is so appreciative that she even agreed to cameo in Hilton’s music video “My Best Friend’s A**” earlier this year. “I’d do anything for her,” Kardashian West says.