Paris Hilton Stole Her Catchphrase ‘That’s Hot’ From This Surprising Celebrity

Paris Hilton is one of the wealthiest and most influential pop culture figures in the world. Even people who barely remember her heyday in reality television likely still have a good understanding of who Paris Hilton is.

Her signature catchphrase — “That’s hot” — has become synonymous with the early 2000s. Still, Hilton recently admitted that the catchphrase isn’t entirely original and that she lifted it from another celebrity.

Keep reading to learn what Paris Hilton is most famous for, what she’s doing these days, and where her iconic catchphrase came from.

Paris Hilton began her career as a model

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Hilton was born in 1981 as one of the heirs of the Hilton Hotel chain. She lived a privileged life as a child and spent a great deal of time in the company of celebrities, including Michael Jackson and Nicole Richie.

Hilton began modeling when she was very young and earned early popularity for her bubbly, easygoing personality. She began making a lot of money as a club promoter and would make appearances at various nightclubs and special events.

Paris Hilton befriended Kim Kardashian long before she made it big on reality television, and together with her close friend Nicole Richie, the trio became inseparable. In 2003, Hilton and Richie started appearing together in the reality show The Simple Life.

The show introduced Hilton to a much larger segment of the population and her fame grew exponentially. Hilton has appeared in a number of other television shows and films, including House of Wax and Raising Helen

Paris Hilton is ‘famous for being famous’

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Hilton has experienced a great deal of success in the business world, her lines of perfume and hair care products contributing to her already substantial wealth. She established a second career as a DJ, and one of the people who contributed to the success of the celebrity DJ trend.

While Hilton has received a lot of criticism over her perceived low intellect, and the idea that she is “famous for being famous” there’s little doubt that Hilton, for many, personified what pop culture was like in the early 2000s. Hilton, in her Juicy Couture tracksuits, large sunglasses, miniature “accessory dog” and bleached blonde hair, seemed to be everywhere for the better part of ten years.

These days, Hilton isn’t as present on the celebrity scene, though she is still a force to be reckoned with, even at thirty-eight years old. Hilton works as a model, DJ, and promoter, even as she devotes a great deal of time to her businesses and charitable efforts. She also recently renewed her friendship with Kardashian, and the two appeared in a music video together. 

Where did Paris Hilton’s catchphrase come from?

Although Hilton has largely moved past her party-girl ways, her signature catchphrase (which she has long since trademarked) lives on. In a recent interview, Hilton talked about the origins of “That’s hot” and admitted that she didn’t come up with it all on her own.

When talking about what she loved about the fashion in the early 2000s, Hilton revealed that her family first became aware of the catchphrase when it was printed on T-shirts: the front would read “That’s hot” and the back would say “You’re not.” However, it was Hilton’s sister, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, who would use “That’s hot” in conversation, prompting Paris Hilton to copy the line for herself.

“I trademarked it and I own it. Sorry, Nicky,” Hilton joked in her interview. It is clear that Hilton (and her catchphrase) is still relevant today, even decades after she first burst onto the pop culture scene.