Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 2:57 p.m.
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Paris Hilton on the red carpet
The World According to Paris
TV viewers, and even Paris Hilton’s closest friends and fans, will be stunned when her new reality TV series The World According to Paris premieres tonight on Oxygen. It’s the real Paris -- no punches pulled, and no holds barred. The catfights with her girlfriends are all caught on tape. Even a love spat with Las Vegas boyfriend Cy Waits is there for all to see.
Several segments were filmed here: sky-jumping from a plane, partying on the Strip and cleaning animal kennels and painting graffiti-covered walls as part of her court-ordered community service. I was part of the shoots at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace when Paris and her girlfriends put a new assistant through a trial by fire.
Paris has been on a marathon promotional blitz the past few weeks for the show. She says that she wanted to completely dispel the spoiled heiress perception people had about her and that she wasn’t the dumb blonde from her previous reality TV series A Simple Life with Nicole Richie.
“It was supposed to be Green Acres meets Clueless. It was fun, but it made people assume that’s who I was. Nothing could be further than the truth. I don’t even speak that way,” she said. “A lot of heirs out there don’t work because they don’t have to -- that’s not me, either. I’ve had success on my own. I bought my house myself. I’ve bought every car I own. It’s all me and my hard work,” she said in an interview in the Los Angeles Times.
The show gives Paris the opportunity to show her business skills in running a fashion design empire with 17 product lines, including jewelry, sunglasses, watches, handbags, shoes, hair care, glamour accessories, clothing, bedding and her just-launched 12th fragrance sold in more than 30 countries. It’s a billion-dollar brand that she told CNN anchor Piers Morgan earns her more than $10 million a year.
“I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved. I worked very hard to achieve all this, and I am really passionate about every single thing I do.
“This show is all real. I’ve really grown in the past couple of years, and my hope is that The World According to Paris will clear up many misconceptions people have about me. I was finally ready to show who I really was, and I’m really honest in it. There’s a lot of things in the show I can’t even believe I’m going to let air. But I want it to be as real as possible and people get to know me.”
I’ve known Paris, 30, her sister Nicky and parents Kathy and Rick since back in the early 1990s in New York. Having met Paris a thousand times, I can vouch for the fact that she is sweet and not spoiled or stuck up. There’s no fleet of servants or cooks to cater to any whim she might have -- but doesn’t. She works hard -- almost nonstop -- with her businesses and world travels, yet still finds time for her charitable causes and philanthropic endeavors for which she is never given any credit.
“Paris is unbelievably loyal to her friends,” her hair guru Michael Boychuck from AMP at the Palms and Color at Caesars Palace told me. “I’ve worked with her for over a decade, and she’s been a regular client in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.”
When she was here in Las Vegas, Paris, who originally wanted to be a veterinarian, let the cameras film her 200 hours of community service working in homeless shelters, an animal shelter and painting over graffiti. “I wanted to show people that I understand my actions had consequences. Everybody makes mistakes. It’s just not everybody has to do it in front of the world. I can’t change the past. I can just learn from my mistakes.”
The docu-series follows Paris and the people in her life through her ups and downs, loves gained and lost and shows a strong woman determined to make a new life for herself beyond the Hollywood glamour of red carpets and parties. It’s revealing in that it shows Paris handling the consequences of past decisions that resulted in a Las Vegas court appearance for which, under a plea deal, she is nearing the end of the one-year probation sentence.
It also shows her now 13-month romance with nightclub czar and business entrepreneur Cy Waits. Formerly a managing partner at Tryst and XS at Steve Wynn’s hotels here, Cy is helping launch the upcoming giant 15th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival music festival here for the first time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 24-26.
Cameras rolled when he gave her a pink car for her recent birthday, but also when they had a spat. However, Paris told Piers she that has “never been happier” in love. She said:” He’s an incredible man. He’s so loyal and my best friend. I’m honestly lucky because he just makes me feel so safe. In past relationships, I’ve felt scared that they’ll hurt me or cheat on me. He makes me feel very secure.”
So does marriage loom -- is it dealt with on the show? Paris said to tune in tonight and every Wednesday to find out. Although she won’t talk of an engagement, she said that she can‘t imagine herself with anyone else. “I’d make a great housewife,” she laughed. “I’d love to have a family and children in the next couple of years.”
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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