If we didn’t know better, nothing in this world could convince us that this young girl is Paris Hilton!
The 36-year-old hotel heiress took to Twitter on Wednesday, July 12, to share some amazing throwback photos of herself as a teen — and TBH, we almost didn’t recognize her.
Paris treated fans to a double-whammy of late-90s nostalgia feels when she uploaded two snaps of herself posing for the camera years before she achieved mainstream stardom. “#TeenParis #TBT,” she captioned the post.
In the pics, the future socialite rocks bright blonde hair with a deep side part paired with minimal makeup. Though she still sports her signature golden locks to this day, Paris has since adopted a much more sophisticated beauty look — and clearly now understands the magic of contouring and a good spray tan.
As for her adolescent style choices, well, they were definitely age-appropriate. In the dated photos, #TeenParis dons a short-sleeved magenta turtleneck and navy slacks — a stark contrast to the daring, skin-baring getups she is known to wear on and off the red carpet.
Back in March, Paris opened up about her life as a teen in a profile for The New York Post. Prior to becoming a household name in 2003 (thanks to the premiere of The Simple Life, her pioneering reality series with former BFF Nicole Richie), the “Stars Are Blind” singer became a nightlife fixture in NYC — years before she was of legal age.
“When I moved to New York as a teenager from Los Angeles, I’d never even been to an event or a party before,” she told the newspaper at the time. “The first publication I was ever in was Page Six. If you’re in New York City, Page Six is watching.”
By the mid-2000s, Paris was a bona fide fame magnet and had strategically crafted a self-described "spoiled, materialistic, bratty" persona for several reality shows, including The Simple Life, Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, and The World According to Paris.
However, as she revealed in a December 2016 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Paris is hoping that the public will soon forget her former image and focus solely on her entrepreneurial endeavors.
"I want to be known as a businesswoman," the perfume mogul told the magazine. "I don't want to be known as a reality TV star. I don't like the way that sounds."
She added, “I have really grown past that. Now I mostly focus on my empire and my brand, rather than anything else that comes with the reality star kind of life. … I spend my time working rather than just enjoying myself and being on vacation.”