Paris Whitney Hilton is an American socialite, businesswoman, and entertainer. She is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Born in New York City and raised in both California and New York, Hilton began a modeling career as a teenager when she signed with Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management. Her hard-partying lifestyle and rumored short-lived relationships with Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar De La Hoya led her to earn a position as 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 leaked. Later that year, she starred in the reality television series The Simple Life alongside Nicole Richie, 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. Hilton returned to reality television with Paris Hilton's My New BFF and its two spin-offs Paris Hilton's British Best Friend and Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF. She served as a voice actress in the TV movie The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation and appeared in the reality show The World According to Paris. She had a part in Sofia Coppola's independent film The Bling Ring.