Paris Hilton Talks Former BFF, Assistant Kim Kardashian: “It’s Nice to Inspire People”

When it comes to Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton thinks, “That’s hot!” The famed heiress and reality TV pioneer, 34, knew the Internet-breaking star, 34, long before she became the media sensation she is today. In fact, Kardashian used to be her assistant. 

“We’ve known each other since we were little girls, we’ve always been friends,” Hilton said of Kardashian in a recent Yahoo Style interview. “It’s nice to inspire people. I’m really proud of her and what she’s done.”

Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian have been friends since childhood. Chris Polk/FilmMagic

Though the pair had a falling out in 2008 when The Simple Life star compared her pal’s now-famous backside to “cottage cheese stuffed in a trash bag,” they’ve since reconciled and run into each other often. Hilton has spent time with both Kim’s rapper hubby Kanye West and the couple’s little girl North West

“They’re so cute together,” Hilton said of Kimye. “They’re the perfect couple. She’s always wanted to have a family, so I’m really happy for her.”

North West Being fashionable
North West with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the Alexander Wang Fashion Show in February 2015. Craig Barritt/Getty Images

As for the 21-month-old trendsetter: “She’s a little fashionista. I’ve never seen a baby better dressed than that.” 

The currently single Hilton doesn’t have any immediate baby plans, but did reveal the moniker she’s chosen for her future child, boy or girl: London. She also said that “mini Paris” will wear, “All pink and fluffy like little princess dresses.”

Perhaps the city-themed names will be part of the next phase of her personal brand. 

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie Simple Life
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie on Simple Life Everett Collection

“I feel like I was basically born a brand by being born into the Hilton Hotel family, but I wanted to be my own brand,” she explained. “I didn’t want to be known as just the Hilton Hotel granddaughter. So at a very young age, I made a decision that I wanted to become the Paris Hilton brand.”

And she certainly succeeded with books, fragrances, music, and a DJ job under her bedazzled belt. But perhaps her most famous project was hit reality series The Simple Life, which ran from 2003 to 2007 and starred her former bestie Nicole Richie. Hilton admitted she still watches reruns of the show, and chats about it whenever she runs into Richie, 33. 

Paris Hilton talking to Yahoo
Paris Hilton talks to Yahoo Style about her empire.

“Anytime I do see her, we do talk about it,” she said. “And we just laugh at how funny we were… Back then the style was so different, and I’m mortified. I cannot believe we wore those clothes.”

After years of partying and rumors, Hilton is ultimately pleased with where she is now. 

“I feel like I’ve turned out amazing, so I’m proud of how I am,” she said, adding, “I would just tell my [younger] self, ‘Don’t worry because it’s going to be amazing.’”  

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