Budding artist Paris demands more respect
I am not a spoilt airhead
El Reg's fave jetsetting blonde has confirmed what some of us have suspected all along - that's she's not actually an international ambassador for celebutard vacuity, but rather an ordinary gal with serious artistic ambitions.
Speaking to Heat magazine, "One Night in" Paris Hilton explained: "I think a lot of people have seen me on The Simple Life and think I'm a 'spoilt airhead'. But I was playing a character. The producers said they wanted Nicole and I just to be crazy and funny and say outlandish things."
She insisted: "I'm a lot more serious and shy... and if I'm not out, having to be, you know, 'on', I'm at home just chilling and wearing sweat pants."
Well, those among you who are inclined to take Ms Hilton's claim to ordinariness with a pinch of salt are refererred to documentary filmmaker Adria Petty, who last year premiered Paris, Not France.
Petty said of the film - which shows Paris over 12 months "at work on red carpets, in her business dealings, taking about her image, and relaxing at home" - that her subject "certainly wasn't lounging on a chaise eating cherries".
She elaborated: "I didn't really go in with too many prejudices against her, but just like everyone else I wondered what she was all about. As soon as I met her, I knew within a minute that she was a cool chick, a smart girl, and hard-working."
Indeed, when she's not working her ass off to make an honest buck, Hilton is likely to be found worrying a canvas in preparation for her assault on the world of fine art. She told Heat: "I have a room in my house where I paint. I've been offered an exhibition, which I might do next year."
Tantalising stuff, and inside sources have recently further teased potential collectors of Paris paintings by revealing her debut might feature a self-portrait based on Edouard Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, a Chihuahua rendered in the style of Francis Bacon and entitled Awww, coyotes ate my dawg and a tribute to Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon showing the artist, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Ritchie, Samantha Ronson and their MTV-sponsored New Best Friend in state of considerable undress in a Barcelona brothel. ®
After all, didn't most artistic movements start in Paris?
...or turning up for 1/2 an hour at some "trendy" new bar and getting paid the better part of half a million for it?
It's an insult to anyone who *does* work.
It's also an insult to anyone who has to pay to get into clubs...
Mine's the one with Paris Hilton's talent in the - wait a minute, can someone pass the magnifying glas?
Re: Think of the poor artist
Given Paris' reputation, it'll be interesting to see how her artwork is judged. I have a feeling that unless (and maybe even if) she turns out to truly be the next Picasso or DaVinci in terms of ground-breaking artwork, whatever she paints will be seen as "crap" simply because of her fame (or infamy), which would be seen (rightly or wrongly) as being the primary cause of her displacing any unknown artist at an exhibition. And that at the same time, an unknown artist's work displayed in place of hers at an exhibition would not be so harshly judged.
Ah, tall-poppy syndrome. You gotta love it!
IT angle because this article does, in fact, have an obvious Paris Hilton angle! :)