By Sarah Templeton & Ines
and Nicky Hilton
pretty much set the standard for young, filthy-rich socialites, what
with their billion-dollar disposable income and striking good
But while being sexy, rich and famous is one
thing, the girls are also known for their hard-to-get-along with
attitudes, and while I'd be loathe to side with this ultra-rich blonde
duo, much of this negative light is due to the media's representation
of the girls.
Heiresses to the Hilton millions (a
hotel chain), both Paris and Nicky are well-known socialites and
celebrity figures in the über chic New York social scene. They
rub shoulders with the rich and famous every week, from fashion
designers, to Hollywood heart-throbs to race car drivers and sometimes
even the odd Royal Prince.
Paris is the elder of
the two sisters, born on February 17, 1981, while Nicky was born on
October 5, 1983. The girls' parents, Rick and Kathy, are currently in
control of the worldwide Hilton Hotel name, which was started by the
girls' great-grandfather, Conrad Hilton.
Hilton Jr, the girls' grandfather, brought a little notoriety to the
family name when he married Elizabeth Taylor - her first husband - and
also set the scene the for the way the Hilton's would ultimately live
their lives: in the spotlight.
Paris and Nicky
Hilton grew up in the super-affluent New York dwelling, the
Waldorf-Astoria, and also spent time at the other family properties
located in Beverly Hills and the Hamptons.
sisters were good students, performing well in their school studies,
but when elder sibling Paris had finished school, university was far
from her mind. Which isn't really surprising considering her privileged
As such, Paris's snub of higher
education proved to be quite beneficial, as she discovered that no work
and no school meant there was plenty of spare time to party like its
1999, or something like that...
gaining a reputation as one of New York's newest and most popular
socialites, seen getting cosy with such stars as Leo DiCaprio and
Edward Furlong, both Paris and Nicky have delved into the world of
fashion, along with an endless list of males underpants.
to her AAA contact list, she
started modeling for designers like Marc Bouwer and Catherine
Malandrino and even starred in an ad campaign for Italiano label
'Iceberg', modeling the latest Ice jeans.
younger sister Nicky was spending a lot of time with a just-out of
school Paris, which meant much underage partygoing. Together, the
sisters' social status climbed, but at one stage it was for all the
The girls would attend party after
party acting as if they were royalty (which they are sometimes aptly
referred to in America), with one story suggesting Paris forcibly
pushed her way ahead of others in queue for the toilets. When quizzed
as to her rude behaviour, she replied nonchalantly that she wanted to
look at herself in the mirror.
They have also
been spotted dancing on top of bars, bearing their boobs
simply for the attention and could be seen sporting confronting
tiny-tee designs, with slogans like "Got Blow?".
despite their increasingly trashy image, they always made the tabloid
headlines, and before long the likes of GQ, FHM and Vanity Fair
magazine were clamouring for the Hilton girls to work with them - which
But before Nicky was introduced to the
world of celebrity, fame and bitchy back-stabbing, like her elder
sister she was a model student. She also has good business acumen, and
after following in her sisters footsteps by doing a spot of modeling,
she started to study design in the hopes of becoming a fashion
recently, she has in fact designed a range
of handbags for Tokyo-based Samantha Thavasa, which have proved
popular, with such dignitaries as Britney Spears and Pamela Anderson
seen toting them about. In early 2006, Nicky also unveiled another line
of clothing called Nicky Hilton Beverly Hills, which follows the 2004
debut of Nicky Hilton's Chick, aimed at the under 20 demographic. The
Hilton Beverly Hills line is aimed at a slightly older audience, with
Nicky saying that her current creations are "clothes my
and I could wear," and that they wouldn't be super
ain't Prada," she added at the label's launch in a Las Vegas nightclub
in February 2006.
back to her higher profile sister, Paris, it seems that ruling the
social world is not enough to slake the thirst of celebrity, and so a
steadily growing list of television appearances was needed, including Las
Vegas, Veronica Mars and a humorous cameo on the hit show The
O.C. which stars one of Hilton's latest party chums Mischa
However, her most notable
foray into TV is the hit reality series The Simple Life,
which until recently, co-starred fellow socialite Nicole Ritchie.
The two had a rather public spat, which has led to numerous and
brutal slanging matches between the two former best friends.
was then replaced by Rod Stewart's daughter,
on the series, and then it switched
back to Richie after the pair appeared to have kissed and made up. The
TV show itself is apparently struggling for ratings and a
network willing to air the show, however.
doesn't end there. Paris'
film career seems to be going from strength to strength. In a recent
interview it was suggested that Paris felt she would very soon be
auditioning for the same parts as Oscar Winner Charlize
Theron. And how can she not? Most people will agree that
Charlize' performances in Monster and North
Country are easily on par with the film unlucky to be snubbed
at this years Oscars - One Night In Paris. On a
more serious note, she has had cameo appearances in Ben Stiller's
Cat in the Hat, and even scored starring roles in House
of Wax and the upcoming Pledge This!
starring in a sometimes-popular TV show and looking at a
burgeoning film career seem to have
done little for her attempts at starting a modeling agency and makeup
range which appear to have died a most grisly death (not unlike her
performance in House of Wax).
recently elder sibling Paris appears to be falling out of grace with
not only her friends, but the public too. In addition to being dumped
by her boyfriend Stavros
Niarchos Jr, Jr, (or Stav III as he prefers) and being denied access to
the best apres-Oscars party in Hollywood - hosted by Vanity Fair
- Paris has also had an unusual three year restraining order
successfully pinned on her.
Quintana, an events manager/producer, and the very same individual who
introduced Paris Hilton to Stavros
Niarchos III (also a young billionaire inheritee), won a court
case against Hilton, which resulted in her having to stay at lest 90
metres away from him for three years - which is more than a thousand
days. The reason? Quintana urged Stav III to stop
Paris, after which he did, and obviously pissed at such advice,
Paris allegedly began harassing and
threatening Quintana. Youch...
the end of the day, both Hilton sisters still love the party life,
attending many of the big ticketed, red carpeted and sequin studded
that the world has to offer, with small dogs in handbags in tow. They
to inherit a terrifying amount of money and will probably continue to
offer good stories for all the glossy magazines for decades to
But the question remains: Are they
demanding, spoilt brats with no talents or lucky girls with extravagant
ambition? We'll let you be the judge.