Paris Hilton On The Famous Outfit She’s Still Wearing From The Mid-Noughties

The OG influencer talks to Grazia.

Paris Hilton wearing a baby pink tracksuit

by Natalie Hammond |

Lanvin's spring collection, full of crystal-latticed cocktail dresses and elegant cinch-waist coats, was inspired by the ‘Swans’ – society women of ’50s New York. So it made sense that when it came to choosing the face of his campaign, creative director Bruno Sialelli looked to the woman he considers their modern-day equivalent: Paris Hilton. ‘I got to “know” Paris like everyone else, in the early 2000s,’ says Sialelli. ‘I was instantly fascinated by this persona that was so new to us all.’

The heiress leveraged her ‘famous for being famous’ label into a business empire, becoming the original influencer in the process. ‘I’m always humbled when my friends say I’m the original,’ she tells Grazia. ‘I remember when there wasn’t even the term influencer. I enjoy seeing what everyone does on social media and I love supporting other influencers in their work. I’ve always been ahead of my time.’ And as an entrepreneur, she’s always admired Jeanne Lanvin, the maison’s legendary founder. ‘She built an iconic house that I have been a fan of since I was a little girl.’

Paris Hilton wearing a navy blue tracksuit
Paris Hilton in 2003 ©Getty

The campaign is the latest in a string of high-profile projects Hilton, 40, has been involved in during lockdown. Her YouTube documentary, This Is Paris, was released in September and revealed the physical and mental abuse she suffered as a teen at boarding school, and also how much of a toll playing a character in the public eye has taken on her. ‘The response has been overwhelming. I’m so glad that director Alexandra Dean pushed me to open up,’ she says. ‘I’m able to show that you can go through hardship and come out the other side.’ (The Provo institution boarding school has changed ownership since she was there, and the current owners say they can’t comment on what happened before their tenure.)

Paris Hilton wearing a cocktail dress from Lanvin
©Mert & Marcus for Lanvin

Since its release, Hilton has been advocating for young people in residential care through a movement called #BreakingCodeSilence. ‘I just passed a bill in Utah and next I am taking this to a federal level so what happened to myself and so many others can no longer happen to children in all 50 states. My documentary has shown a different side of me and I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life,’she says. Her Instagram feed is testament to the fact she no longer swallows her feelings about past experiences. Last month, she reposted an interview from 2011 where a male interviewer cuts across her as she says, ‘I’ve worked for everything that I’ve achieved,’ with, ‘Stop, stop, stop.’

‘Watching this makes me so angry and disgusted,’ she posted. ‘This is the type of rude, chauvinistic behaviour that I and many other women had to deal with and put up with for years. Grateful that people are finally realising how wrong this is and calling people out for their cruel actions to make change.’

So what advice would she give her younger self ? ‘Don’t be so naive and trusting,’ she says of taking a harder look at the people that surrounded her at the time. ‘Not everyone has the best intentions for you.’

Paris Hilton wearing a cinch-waist leather coat for Lanvin
©Mert & Marcus for Lanvin

One thing Hilton doesn’t regret, though, is her style. Indeed, until the world returns to ‘normal’, her fans will be pleased to know that she still wears the outfit that defined the noughties. ‘I’ve definitely been spending a lot of time in my Juicy Couture tracksuits.’

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