Despite being in the public eye since forever, Paris Hilton never fails to pull off a fashion moment. In fact, in her 2020 documentary, This is Paris, the socialite turned businesswoman turned DJ revealed she’s never worn the same outfit twice. Read that one more time. Exhausted? Same.
In the early aughts, low-rise jeans and Juicy Couture sweatsuits were all anyone was wearing, ‘Hollaback Girl’ by Gwen Stefani was playing on every radio station, and Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie were being watched on everyone’s TVs on The Simple Life.
At the same time, the young women were at the peak of the New York social scene, alongside Lindsay Lohan and an up-and-coming Kim Kardashian. The results were outfits that are now being revived on throwback Instagram accounts, and sometimes in real life, such as Kendall Jenner copying the sparkly mini dress Hilton wore for her 21st birthday.
But it turns out, one of the now 40-year-old’s most iconic outfits to date didn’t actually happen.
Taking to TikTok this week, Hilton shared a photo of herself with her arms in the air wearing a pink skirt and a tank top with the words “Don’t be poor” emblazoned over the top. This image has stood the test of time, often being reshared as a meme on social media, and now almost synonymous with the Paris Hilton brand.
However, it turns out, it’s actually photoshopped.
“So, there’s this photo online of me. I’m sure you’ve seen it,” Hilton says in the video, which is titled, ‘Debunking the #STOPBEINGPOOR myth’. “I NEVER wore that shirt.”
Debunking the #STOPBEINGPOOR myth. 🙅🏼♀️😹 Don’t believe everything you read. 😏 #greenscreen #Iconic 👑
“This was completely photoshopped,” she continued. “Everyone thinks it’s real, but that’s not the truth. This is what [the shirt] really said.” She then shared a different photo showing the t-shirt reading, ‘Stop being desperate’ (an almost just as iconic statement). Mind blown.
Hilton ended the video with these harrowing words: “Don’t believe everything you read.”
Recently, Hilton spoke out in support of another ultra-famous woman from that period: Britney Spears.
“I’ve been reading all of these articles coming out where they were just saying, like, Britney, Paris and just like, a group of us were just were treated so unfairly and just like, this really misogynistic view and just being very cruel and mean and making fun of us,” Hilton said on her podcast, following the release of the New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears. “It made me think a lot this week, reading all these new things that are coming out,” she continued.
Just yesterday, Hilton shared a collage of photos of herself and Spears, writing, “Sisters, love you @britneyspears.”