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Paris Hilton: The Eigth Deadly Sin

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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-agers, 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.



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