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Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose Hardcover – September 7, 2004

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Heiress, socialite, model, actress, singer and media darling Hilton loves her life, knows how to get what she wants and matter-of-factly explains how anyone can be a glamorous, fun-loving, tiara-wearing heiress just like her. Bursting with photos of Hilton in trademark poses or with friends and family, her "confessions" are hardly scandalous, other than divulging that her hair is (gasp) naturally curly, she reveals few intimate details about herself, coyly referring to a famous scandal that once plagued her as "something I wasn't too proud of", but they display an energetic and earnest young woman fiercely loyal to her family and closest friends and determined to enjoy herself no matter what the consequences. Lightheartedly describing the "Paris Diet" (eat as much chocolate as you can, eat popcorn at night, never take diet pills) and admitting "I'm really bad about washing my face and using skin products," Hilton's indulgent and sometimes reckless lifestyle might not be sensible for everyone, but her advice to "channel your own inner heiress, create your own image, and project an extreme sense of confidence" is an empowering message for young women. Though much of the book consists of laundry lists of her favorite designers, body products, hair stylists, cities, etc., Hilton endears herself to readers by being the first to critique herself, even dedicating a chapter to photos of her fashion mistakes, and by encouraging aspiring heiresses, or girls who want to feel like one, to "always act like you're wearing an invisible crown. I do. And it's always worked for me."
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Paul Marciano, co-CEO and creative director of GUESS?From the moment I met Paris, I knew she had something special that would make her much more than a typical young socialite. She exudes a charisma rarely seen. You never know what to expect from her next. This book is a depiction of that Paris.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (September 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743266641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743266642
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'm not a certified book critic, but I would never encourage anyone to waste $22.00 of their hard-earned money on this pile. Paris probably hired some underling ghost-writer to jot down her "ideas" and "thoughts" and paste them together in a hardcover. She was trying to get the readers to see her as someone that she's obviously not (respectful, humble, intelligent, real), and contradicts each statement with her "tips" and "how-to's" (behave like an utter snob, act ridiculously arrogant and you'll gain the admiration you've so longed for from society). She also uses an entire chapter to name-drop her celebrity friends' list.

She's glamorous, stylish and has the cash to get her by, but otherwise, there is nothing to the book but and endless abyss of shallow thinking.
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It is amazing to me, the amount of passion that goes into people loving or hating Paris Hilton. I never knew a whole lot about her, as I am not much interested in celebrities, but I can say I find it much easier to be turned off by her than to be mesmerized by her.

What is so great about her? Have we become such a materialistic society that we worship a girl who just happens to be born into a wealthy family? That nothing else matters except that she is rich? Just by birth?

Sure, she is pretty, but I imagine with enough money spent on fake tans and blue contacts, hair extensions and overly sexy clothes, anybody can look good. And when you have all the money you could ever want to buy those things, and all the time in the world to groom yourself (because you do not have to work) well, any of us could be glamorous, right?

So people who worship this girl do so because she is rich and glamorous. And that is about as shallow as Paris herself. This girl has had such an abnormal upbringing that she has no idea what real work is like, never thinks of others' feelings, and looks down at anyone less affluent than she (as seen by her behavior on the Simple Life shows). And this is someone whom we should all look up to?!?

The real interesting thing about Paris though, to me, is psychological. I saw her on Letterman the other night, and she appeared to be much younger than her real age. She seems very immature, probably from gliding through life without many struggles, (struggling being the kind of thing that makes you grow as a person). We all wish we could have it as easy as Paris, but do we really? The things we struggle with cause us to learn and poor, spoiled Paris has never had that.
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Format: Hardcover
In case you - like me - believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt, and thus might be tempted to see if there actually is another, unseen Paris Hilton, as she purports to do in "Confessions of a Heiress," let me save you some time.

The only thing hidden behind Paris' glossy surface, is more surface.

I was, however, pleased by the neat corrollation between the uselessness of the book (too large, pink and expensive to fit on most book buyers shelves or in their budgets; not big enough to be used as a doorstop or protective weapon) and the uselessness of Paris Hilton herself (basically also too large, pink and expensive - not to mention parasitical).

In one of the many comic moments throughout, Paris notes that she thinks it is the worst sin in the world to be boring. Please note the headline of this article.

Basically, never was a girl less like her namesake. And never was a single facial expression so devoutly used in press pictures.
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By Shaz on September 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Once upon a time, Paris was a cute brown-eyed girl with dark blonde hair. Then, she got minor rhinoplasty, bleached her hair to the point of falling out, tanned her skin until it looked plastic, purchased blue contacts, and hit the big time. Yawn.

Touting this book as "tounge-in-cheek" is supposed to give Paris a Get Out of Jail Free Card; i.e. "You can't really criticize this book, because it's meant to be funny". But, it's not funny, and can really only be touted as part of the "I'm milking my 15 minutes" parade. If you want to know all the things an heiress would or wouldn't do, Paris will give you the skinny (I must have missed the chapter on how an heiress should make at least one amateur porn video!). But this is fluff reading at best and trashy self-promotion at worst. If sister Nicky had written this, perhaps we could take it more seriously. Quotes such as "People say they envy my lifestyle, but I'm convinced that anyone with a little imagination can live 'The Life.'" Yeah, that and a Daddy who internationally owns one of the most expensive and popular hotel chains. I suppose that helps you attain 'The Life'; and you don't even have to work hard for it!

Between parading herself around as a "celebrity" (and a skanky one at that) and trying to convince America that she alone has coined the phrase "That's hot!" (as if no one else before her has said it), I just can't take this girl seriously. Bottom line: "Confessions" reads like one big Paris yearbook...except with less words. If you're really into this 'Girl of the Moment', then read this. But don't expect hilarity- it's Paris's way of saying, "Don't you wish you were me?" under the guise of humor. Ugh.
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