Born in New York City and raised there and in Beverly Hills, California, Hilton began her modeling career as a teenager when she signed with real estate magnate Donald Trump's modelling development agency, Trump Model Management.
Her lifestyle and rumored short-lived relationships made her a feature of entertainment news and tabloid magazines, and Hilton was proclaimed "New York's leading It girl" in 2001.
She has parlayed her media fame into perfumes and a fashion line with her endorsement; her fragrances have reportedly earned .5 billion.
Hilton returned to reality television in 2008 with Paris Hilton's My New BFF (2008) and its two spin-offs: Paris Hilton's British Best Friend (2009) and Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF (2009), and again in 2011 with Oxygen series The World According to Paris.Her other acting credits include Bottoms Up, National Lampoon's Pledge This! The Genetic Opera (2008) and Sofia Coppola's film The Bling Ring (2013).