Paris Whitney Hilton is an American socialite, actress and entertainer. She is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Born in New York City and raised both there and in Beverly Hills, California, Hilton began her modeling career as a teenager when she signed with Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management. Her party lifestyle and rumored short-lived relationships with Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar De La Hoya made her a fixture in entertainment news. For her notoriety as a socialite, Hilton was hailed by the media as "New York's leading It Girl" in 2001.
In 2003, Hilton came to prominence after a sex tape with her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was made public. Later that year, she starred alongside Nicole Richie in the reality television series The Simple Life, which provided both women with international recognition. In the following years, she released her autobiography Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose, landed a supporting role in the horror film House of Wax, and released her debut studio album Paris.