Selfies. We’ve all taken them. Celebrities, astronauts, kids, politicians, angry boyfriends, athletes, even cats have taken them. They’re an undeniable part of life in today’s world. So who can we thank for them? According to Paris Hilton, Paris Hilton deserves the credit.
In an interview with W Magazine, Paris Hilton takes credit for bringing selfies to the world.
She said that she has “a selfie from when I was a little kid, like on a disposable camera.” She explained, “If a beeper had a camera, I would have taken a selfie with it.”
In fact, Paris Hilton’s home is filled with pictures of herself, including multiple framed cellphone mirror selfies.
Hilton’s home is described as “a museum of herself” in the article, which notes that there’s a “Princess Paris” placard before you even enter the front door. For whatever reason, she also has three (empty) cookie jars labeled “Uppers,” “Poppers,” and “Quaaludes” on her kitchen counter.
Paris Hilton isn’t shy about her influence on fashion either. “To now see things on the runway, and to see girls wearing things that I used to wear is really cool because nobody really dressed like me back in the day,” she told W.
Hilton also said, “Young people now see what people wore before and want to bring it back.”
Not only that, the Queen of the 2000s, who’s now 36 years old, claims to have “started a whole new genre of celebrity that no one had ever seen before.”
The selfie pioneer slammed today’s reality TV: “Nowadays, everything is just so scripted and fake,” she said. “Everything is planned out. There’s nothing real, really. I’m glad that I did it in the beginning when it was organic and fun.”
With that said, she also explained, “I’m more mature now. I hate when people call me a ‘former reality star.’ I want to be known for my business and inventing a new wave.”
“Nowadays, I feel like it’s so easy becoming famous,” Paris told the magazine. “Anybody with a phone can do it.”
Maybe she’s not wrong. After all, a selfie is the most shared Tweet ever—other than that nuggets kid, who basically was a random kid with a phone who became famous.
So, Paris Hilton, thank you for this.
And, c’mon, without Paris Hilton’s shows or selfies, would we have ever gotten this?
Read the full story from W. Magazine.