Paris Hilton: The Eighth Deadly Sin Pride, envy, anger, avarice, sloth, gluttony, lust, and Paris Hilton. The seven deadly sins and Paris the heiress have combined to overtake pop culture as we know it. It may be a coincidence this blond bombshells favorite number is seven, but in the pubic eye Paris is the epitome of such sins. Who blames her? She's famous, wealthy, beautiful, human, and everywhere you look.
From the television, to movies, magazines, books, clothing lines, and even armature video stores... the list goes on, and so she follows. America is obsessed with Paris. When Hilton's dog, Tinkerbell, disappeared it made national news. When the heiress herself attended a New York Knicks game, Madison square garden chanted her name, while the not so lucky Knicks were down thirty points in the third quarter. Our obsession with Paris has reached an all time high.
Americans are now beginning to look, smell, talk and act like Miss Hilton herself. Pride as stated in the seven deadly sins is the desire to be important or attractive to others and to show excessive love of self. In such a case America must forgive Miss Hilton, for she has sinned. Paris had no problem denying she "feel's lucky when she looks in the mirror," in her December 2004 interview with Rolling Stones. But does America blame her for feeling lucky? She is the epitome of lucky and not to mention a designers dream. As Nicole Jones states in her, Getting the Style, commentary Paris has the body of a runway model, and alien thinness that few bear naturally.
Designers are not fools to the Paris pandemonium. Not only can she flawlessly sport a trend, she can also sell one... or even two. With a single picture Paris brought forth the Von Dutch decade and the times of the trucker...
hat that is. Paris's trends have teenagers out spending their cold hard cash on real expensive cotton. As Nicole Jones points out in her commentary, America loves Hilton's fashion because it is not too difficult for us to incorporate in our own wardrobe. It didn't take long for guess designer, Marciano, to realize he wanted to bring in some of the Paris's pop culture platinum. According to Forbes magazine, after making Miss Hilton Marciano's new guess girl sales rose about 16%.
Paris herself does not even underestimate the power of her and name, and in essence continues to commit the sin of avarice (a desire to possess more than one has need or use for). Speaking in context beyond the obviousness to posses more in an ownership standpoint, she began to avarice further in the business world with the addition of Paris perfume. The heiress's fragrance line sent teenagers on a mad-dash to their local department store. Named after herself, many individual who showcase this fruity fragrance now claim to be wearing Paris Hilton... Literally.
Influencing fashion was only the beginning to generation Paris. The core of it all lies in the television show where the Beverly hillbillies meet the heiress of hotness herself, The Simple Life. In the series that showcases the sin of sloth (laziness), Paris Hilton and best friend Nicole Richie discover that the simple life is really not so simple. Before the series aired neither Paris nor Richie had ever pumped their own gas, the show was bound to be a hit. Week after week, millions upon millions of viewers tune in to see the "human" part of Hilton. Every Wednesday America gets to witness Paris and Nicole traveling the country doing jobs of "normal folk." From working on the production line in a sausage factory, as the cleaning ladies in a nudist camp, or even as burger makers at a Sonic restaurant, the devious duo do it all.
According to an article by The TV Column, Paris's thirty-minute series, The Simple Life, attracts about one fourth of all female teens that have their television sets turned on. This mockery of the middle-class surprisingly does not only attract the teenage wealth wannabes, but the same column also found that The Simple Life was the night's top-rated program among eighteen to fifty-four year olds! It doesn't end here. The television series The Simple Life not only affected what pop culture viewed but also how it communicates. A prime example lies in the Paris Hilton catch phrase that swept the nation, "That's hot." Before long teenagers, middle-a gers, and stars like Donald Trump were caught in the, "That's Hot," act. Paris's phrase became so popular she even tried to copy write the words but so far have been denied. If you haven't caught the born rich on television, there is a good chance you have caught the porn rich on your computer.
There is no denying American women view this celebrity heiress as a fashion icon, but men on the other hand view the devious debutant as a sex symbol. Paris Hilton has been linked to several sex tape scandals, but the most well known took place with ex-boyfriend Rick Soloman. A tape of the two engaging in sexual intercourse swept computers and DVD players across America, and beyond. Mistake or not, lust for this little lady grabbed the attention of 200, 000 individuals its first week on sale. In an interview with U. S.
weekly Rick Soloman, co-star of "A Night In Paris," states he has made well over one hundred and fifty million dollars from the scandal. The thirty-five year old producer claims, about 50, 000 people a day pay $50 a pop to download thirty-seven minutes of Paris's most intimate moments. Whether or not the horrified heiress consented to such a distribution of the tape is irrelevant. The sale of such an indecent exposure further proves pop culture has officially become infatuated with Paris on all levels.
The sin of lust and sex sells, and to Paris's dismay to Americans it sold well. These days it seems Paris can sell anything, and for high price at that. We already know she can sell fashion, television shows, movies, magazines, armature videos and so on, but these days Miss Hilton seems to be looking beyond the context, or maybe contents. Yes America, the girl who did not even complete high school has written a book.
And it's a best-seller. Paris's book, "Confessions of an Heiress," gives readers fail-safe instructions on how to be a heiress and live like you have a privileged life. With ideological tips such as "Be born into the right family and Choose your chromosomes wisely," or "Always tell everyone what they want to hear. Then do what you want," the book doesn't strike me as a chart topper. But again, It's Paris Hilton... and the heiress herself could probably sell a blind man sunglasses.
Such an idea would seem to impose an idea of gluttony (the wasting of resources or overindulgence's), but Paris the heiress does not always over gluttonize herself. With knowing she can sell anything, the heiress has recently put her power to helping the poor. In a recent auction of "the staplers of the stars " Pride, envy, anger, avarice, sloth, gluttony, and lust have made Paris Hilton the eighth deadly sin. In the beginning Paris became known for her party girl attitude and her table dancing debonair.
A party was never complete until Paris the heiress attended. She made her appearance at fashion shows, award after-parties, club openings, and dozens of bars across the nation. Recently Paris has become more then Parties. She is the primary source of pop culture today. She has over taken the business world through television, movies, magazines, and book industry. She has put her two senses in the clothing, perfume, and accessory productions.
And finally, she has became the "it" girl of the twenty first century with club openings, catch phrases, singing contracts, and much more that is left to follow. The heiress has consumed 2004 and is on the way to over power 2005. Regardless of the sins that surround any famous, wealthy, beautiful girls, the impact Paris Hilton has made on society will remain for many years to come. ReferencesSerafin, Tatiana. 'Not So-Blue Jeans.' Forbes 02 2005.
25 Feb 2005.