Paris Hilton in her 'Good Time' video.
(Photo: Good Time)
As Paris Hilton might say, her new single and video,Good Time, is "hot."
Joining the pop ranks of Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, all of whom are in the midst of releasing new music, Hilton's offering has her rolling around poolside and singing about good times with Lil Wayne (whose lyrics are a lot more explicit than hers).
Her vision was for it to be "an epic party," like she saw every night in Ibiza, Spain, this past summer when she was a DJ most nights at Amnesia nightclub. She says she worked with director Hannah Lux Davis, but the video was her idea. "I made a bunch of inspiration boards with all the images I thought would look amazing, different poses and different wardrobe."
And the sexy stuff? "When you're doing a music vdieo, that's what it's about. Every pop star wants to look sexy."
Hilton, 32, was in Ibiza when Cyrus performed on the MTV Video Music Awards in August, but she watched a clip online and doesn't see what all fuss is about. "I think she's an artist and she's having fun, she's performing. She's looked really cute."
Hilton points out that Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video was done with photographer Terry Richardson. "Maybe if she had done the video with some random director it wouldn't have been as cool."
As for any wrong message it sends to young girls, she says, "No, I don't believe that. I think they know it's an artist performing. It's not real life. It's like a fantasy world. I don't think someone watches and says I need to do this or that."
In fact, she thinks the success of her pop star peers is admirable and she's happy to be part of it. "I'm into girl power. I'm a huge fan of Britney, Katy (Perry). They are very inspirational. I love that there are so many women really singing fun songs."
We can expect to hear Hilton branch out with more fun songs of her own with her album, which is due next year. "I have some ballads, some love songs. My other songs are more like Good Time, which are very EDM (Electronic Dance Music)-based, collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Flo' Rida." Next up is another pop work, We Are One. "It's about how we're all one - the whole world," she says.
Music has always been one of her passions. She has played the violin and piano since she was 4, she says. And she loves animals. She has seven dogs, six sugar gliders (marsupials), bunnies, ferrets, rats, a pony and a pig. She wants to start a foundation devoted to animals and children.
As for her children of her own? Maybe with boyfriend River Viiperi, who is 11 years her junior? She says that she's happy for friend Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and their engagement. "They make such a cute couple!"
But she's not ready to announce anything. "I'm really happy. I would love to have a family one day. Right now I'm so busy with traveling and building my businesses, creating my own empire and brand."
Not only does she have 17 product lines to date, including handbags, shoes and fragrances, but she's about to open her first luxury resort in Manila in March. In fact, she says, young girls write to her and tweet her saying she's a role model for all her hard work.
"I could have easily just been another trust fund kid," she says. "I didn't want that for my life. I wanted to make something of my own, to feel independent and to make my family proud. It's the best feeling in the world."
Her parents don't help her at all?
"This is all me. I'm an Aquarius. I'm a very creative person. I love creating and designing and doing art. It just makes me feel proud. I have all these products with my name on it. Every since I was a little girl I had huge dreams. I never knew it would be on such a huge level."
People who don't know her, she says, have "a lot of misconceptions. They only know me from the The Simple Life," her 2003-2007 fish-out-of-water reality series with Nicole Richie. "They assume I'm an airhead or spoiled. In real life, I'm the exact opposite. I've done all this on my own. I wouldn't get this far being a dumb blonde."