Long before the days of the Kardashians, reality TV used to be ruled by a different name. While it may be hard to imagine a world without Kris, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie and Kendall, headlines used to be ruled by a woman named Paris Hilton.
Hilton was one of the first modern ‘celebrity socialites’ who became famous in their own right. The star, who is the granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels, began her career as a model at Donald Trump’s modelling agency before she began to make headlines for a variety of different reasons. Paris became known as an ‘it girl’ and quickly rose to be one of the most recognisable faces on the VIP party circuit. What later followed was her own reality TV show, a failed music career, several cameos in movies and, of course, the infamous sex tape ‘1 Night in Paris.’
However, with the rise of the Kardashians, Hilton’s stock quickly began to fall and she began to leave the public realm as quickly as she arrived. Kim Kardashian, who used to work for Paris as a stylist, stole her thunder with the release of her own sex tape and has since gone on to be one of the most recognisable faces on the planet.
But while Hilton may have taken a step back from the public eye over the last few years, it seems that she is happier than ever. Today, the star announced that she is engaged to actor Chris Zylka. According to PEOPLE, Zylka popped the question during a skiing holiday in Colorado over the weekend.
“I am so excited to be engaged to the love of my life and my best friend,” Hilton tells PEOPLE. “I have never felt so happy, safe and loved. He is perfect for me in every way and showed me that fairytales really do exist!”
“I was so excited and surprised! I immediately said yes!” Of her new jewellery, the star says, “The ring was so gorgeous and sparkling. I was shaking as I put it on. It is the most beautiful ring that I have ever seen!”
It wasn’t just Paris who was gushing about the engagement, with Chris saying: “Paris is the most beautiful and incredible woman both inside and out. I feel like the luckiest man in the world to be marrying my dream girl. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.”
Earlier in the week, Hilton had declared her love for Zylka on an emotional Instagram post, saying:
Never in a million years did I think I would find someone so completely perfect for me. Someone who would make me happier than I ever dreamed I could be. Someone that would touch my life so profoundly & give me a whole new reason to breathe. But then I found you & realized that everything I anticipated you to be doesn’teven compare to how incredibly amazing you are.
It seems strange to be writing about Paris Hilton in this Kardashian-dominated world. Good luck to her and Chris, hopefully, it all works out!