Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 10:59 a.m.
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The World According to Paris
Paris on Wendy Williams
The romance between Las Vegas nightclub honcho Cy Waits and socialite entrepreneur Paris Hilton grows ever stronger, and it will be on display when they’re together for the mammoth Electric Daisy Carnival, which debuts for the first time in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in late June.
Cy is busy now with plans for the three-day electronic music festival, which stars the world’s Top Three DJs: Tiesto, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia, with more than 200 artists and performers on six stages, plus a towering Ferris wheel. Cy is an executive consultant for Insomniac, the producers overseeing the VIP experience at EDC. Tickets went on sale Saturday, and reports say 200,000 will be attending.
Paris is finalizing editing and voiceovers for her new reality TV show, which premieres June 1 on Oxygen. The World According to Paris was partly filmed in Las Vegas, and I was invited to join the crew filming Paris and her gal pals on a night out at Caesars Palace. I am featured in a segment recorded on the terrace of Serendipity 3.
Paris said the new series is nothing like The Simple Life. It features the real Paris along with her life that only friends and family have known. It’s an all-access pass into her personal and professional life, and Cy plays a big part. Her mom Kathy and friend Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen’s ex, are regulars.
Paris said that she previously would’ve never let cameras have so much access, but she’s in such a great place with Cy that it all comes natural because they are so comfortable together. “It really is my real world and my relationships,” she said.
The series includes some of the 200 hours of community service she was ordered to perform here after an arrest on the Strip in which she pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors. But it also shows the fun side of her turning 30 and how the relationship with Cy is the most important part of her private life.
Cy, 35, presented her with a Lexus for her Feb. 17 milestone birthday, and you’ll see the whole sequence. He tricked her at first with a yellow model -- her least favorite color -- and then the white version suddenly appeared. He also gave her a ruby and diamond necklace for Valentine’s Day. The couple celebrated her birthday at bashes at the new Lavo in New York and in Hollywood.
Paris said about Cy: “He’s an incredible person, and I’m so lucky. Things have never been better in my life. I’m in a great place. It’s really serious with us, and I’m so happy. It’s an amazing relationship, and we’re celebrating our first-year anniversary. We love each other very much. He’s the best boyfriend on Earth. I’m really happy, and I can’t think of being with anybody else. I’m sure there will be a proposal, so we will see what happens.”
Paris is one busy executive looking after the global promotion and marketing of her 17 brands, which include fragrances, iPhone apps, sunglasses and fashion accessories. “This is one very savvy and smart entrepreneur who is diligent, dedicated and very disciplined when it comes to hard work,” one of her friends at the Caesars shoot told me.
“But she’s also a wonderful family girl with her roles as daughter and sister, best friends with a great inner circle and a remarkably generous philanthropist. … You never see that side of her, but you will on the new series.”
Paris has become the ambassador for a USO campaign to provide music players for U.S. forces in the Middle East. She’s plays a key role with her mother in a Hollywood store, where 100 percent of the profits go to charity. “I want to start my own charity one day to help children and animals. It’s great to be able to use celebrity to take on issues that require attention,” she said.
It’s great to see Paris content with life and confident with all of her business and personal commitments. “I don’t look back. I learn from my mistakes, count my blessings and go forward. Life lessons make you strong, shape and make you grow.
“I’m focusing on my relationship with Cy and my businesses these days. I love being creative, and I keep coming up with new ideas. I loved filming part of the series here in Las Vegas. I spent an entire day at the Animal Foundation’s Las Vegas shelter. I got tears in my eyes learning all the terrible statistics about abandoned pets and overpopulation.
“You’ll see me feeding them, walking them, cleaning kennels up after them, giving them water and blankets. I fell in love with one tiny male Chihuahua, so I adopted him. I wasn’t wild about the name Skeet, so I did change that to Sid, as in Sid Vicious.
“I love coming to Vegas whether to rest or to play. … Vegas is my favorite place away from home in Los Angeles. I guess it’s my second home now, and I’m lucky to have so many good friends here. I’m very happy, very healthy and in a very good place. My lifestyle has totally changed the last few years. I couldn’t want anything more.”
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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