In the 2000s, everything from fashion to pop culture was defined by the Hilton sisters. Socialites Nicky and Paris Hilton were at the forefront of the “famous for being famous” era. Their style is the core of the Y2K aesthetic, and their antics were a hallmark of the early aughts’ celebrity blogosphere. Nearly 20 years later, Nicky shares two children with her husband James Rothschild, while Paris recently got engaged to her boyfriend Carter Reum. While the two have both pursued separate careers across the fashion and beauty landscape, more recently, Paris—like her bestie Kim Kardashian—has found a passion for activism.
In her This Is Paris documentary, released in September 2020, Paris talked about the verbal, emotional, and physical abuse she experienced while going to boarding school at Provo Canyon School. As a result, she has become commited to lobbying for regulations within the Troubled Teen Industry by supporting Breaking Code Silence, an organization dedicated to bringing these problems to light. To give fans a better insight into the lives of these two pop culture icons, the sisters spoke with L’OFFICIEL about their childhood bond, family, and secret joint project in the works.
L’OFFICIEL: Were you competitive as a child or did you form a team?
Nicky Hilton: We’ve always been a team, like our whole family; it’s the way we were raised. And probably also because we had different interests, goals and tastes. And we have always been great supporters of each other. My mom used to say that the success of one is the success of the other, it has always been like that.
Paris Hilton: What Nicky says is true, we have always been united. We have never actually been competitive with anyone. We have always wanted the best for us, for our friends, for everyone in the world. And I think this is a wonderful way of being: because what you give, you receive. And I’m very lucky, my sister is also my best friend, I don’t know what I would do without her.
L’O: No quarrels even as a girl?
NH: We were like all teenagers are, we took clothes from each other’s closet, and maybe that was the only reason for the two of us to clash.
PH: When we were little, our mom would dress us as twins, we had double outfits, until we became teenagers, and I started fetching clothes from Nicky’s closet. But we were different, I’ve always been more tomboy, and Nicky more girly, growing up.
L’O: Is there anything crazy you did as kids together?
NH: We liked rodents: hamsters, guinea pigs, mice … all rodents, it’s very strange looking back now.
PH: Yes, we took them to our home in Bel Air, California. There we had a huge dollhouse, it had a living room, bedroom and kitchen. There was also water and electricity. It was gorgeous. We hid them there, so we didn’t upset our parents, who knew nothing about it.
L’O: Do you believe in “sisterhood” between women?
NH: Yes, I believe in the extended sense of sisterhood. And I love the quote that says “empowered women empower women”; I love it when women are together, and support each other.