Socialite Paris Hilton is famous for being famous. She has just one prominent movie role, a tepidly received music album released this August and done some modelling assignments. It can be argued that even the opportunities to act and record an album came by because she is famous.
She did it backwards. Instead of becoming famous for being an actress or singer, like most other celebrities, she got to act and sing because she was first famous.
Hilton's enduring quality lies in the fact that we all, including her, know that she is dumb, untalented, misbehaves but gets away with all this only because she is rich. Her only redeeming quality could be that her ambition has been to use her richness to become famous and for a large part she has accomplished it.
Hilton first appeared on the cultural scene almost eight years ago and at that time she was just known as the heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune. She attended numerous parties and strategically placed herself to be featured in tabloids.
She was fortunate enough in her quest to fame as it coincided with the mushrooming of the Internet and tabloid magazine's insatiable need for cheap and provocative characters to keep the industry booming.
The most shocking and mystifying aspect of the Hilton phenomenon is how such a well, dumb person, could be so famous.
Is it simply because we really don't expect anything substantial from her anyway and so when she goes off showing off her dumbness, we are not the least bit surprised?