While she has gained fame through a set of television and film appearances, Hilton has also been lampooned in tabloid and mainstream media for being irresponsible — like when she was ordered in 2007 to spend 45 days in a Los Angeles County jail for repeatedly driving with a suspended license.
But she has frequently emerged from public missteps with new projects.
In addition to her work in film and on television, Hilton has put her name on clothes, shoes, perfumes and nightclubs. She has co-authored books, recorded music and designed and modeled clothing.
Her new perfume is meant to make women feel like a “fantasy creature that men can’t resist.”
ZAIN SHAUK: Since we’re here at the Macy’s in Glendale, I was wondering: Do you come to Glendale or Burbank often?
PARIS HILTON: Yeah, I come here all the time for signings at the Macy’s. I love Macy’s. And I’ve been to the Americana a bunch of times to go eat and go to the movies. I think it’s a really beautiful place. And I go to this really great Middle Eastern restaurant. It’s in Glendale.
Q: Really? Which one?
A: It’s like a Lebanese restaurant. It’s called Carousel. It’s really good.
Q: Well I know you’re launching your new perfume here. How would you describe it to people who haven’t heard of it?
A: It’s a really beautiful perfume. It smells amazing. It has honeysuckle in it and apricot, and it’s just a perfume I wear every day, and I get so many compliments on it. And all my friends, they love it. And it makes an amazing Christmas gift.
Q: What was the inspiration for the perfume?
A: The last perfume I did was called Fairy Dust, and it was inspired by Tinkerbell because I love fairies. This one, I wanted something that a woman could feel really sexy in, just kind of like a goddess, the sirens, or mermaids. I just thought that would be a really great photo shoot to have on the bottle and everything.
Q: I noticed from the marketing materials that it is something that men couldn’t resist. Why was it important to have something that men couldn’t resist? What about what women want?