Paris Hilton ‘Cried’ After Seeing Herself On Cover Of Playboy Despite Turning Down Hugh Hefner’s Offer

Paris Hilton has admitted she broke down in tears after seeing herself on the cover of Playboy despite turning down Hugh Hefner’s seven-figure offer to appear. She was extremely in demand at the time, as her sex tape with ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon had just been released. However, Paris Hilton had no desire to appear in Playboy. That’s when she claims Hefner made up a fake award to give her so that he could use photos of her without her permission.

In her new book “Paris: The Memoir,” the 42-year-old said she didn’t care how much money Hefner offered — she didn’t want any part of it.

“Hef really wanted me to do a Playboy cover. He kept offering me more and more money, saying I wouldn’t have to be totally naked, just topless,” Hilton wrote.

“And then saying, I didn’t have to be topless, just sheer. And then saying I could wear whatever lingerie I wanted. Even when he offered seven figures, I turned it down, because I knew my mom would lose her mind, and because I had already been branded as a slut after the sex tape. I felt like a Playboy pictorial would just cement that in people’s minds.”


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At first, Paris Hilton was into the idea of appearing in Playboy. In 2000, she was living with two Playboy bunnies in LA and thought “would be awesome” to get involved. However, her mother thought the idea “so trashy,” so she didn’t go through with it. That’s another reason it was so devastating when she appeared on the cover in 2004.

“No one was terribly surprised to see me on the cover of Playboy, except me,” she wrote. “I was surprised, and not in a good way. Hef had ‘honored’ me with the Sex Star of the Year Award, which means they can claim it’s ‘news’ and not a pictorial.”

“He got a picture from an old test shoot with a woman photographer who was really great. It’s kind of an old-school pinup-girl vibe: red bustier and heels, black fishnets, very little actual skin — nothing as sexy as the Carl’s Jr. shoot.

Paris Hilton went on to say that her issue of Playboy sold well likely because people thought the issue would feature more naked pictures of the star. However, they were wrong.

“Surprise, suckers. They got nothing. Same as me,” she said.

After the issue came out, Hilton admitted that she “cried” and her “parents were pissed.” However, none of them ever said anything to Hefner beacuse “you just didn’t do that.”

Jennifer has been the managing editor of Bolde since its launch in 2014. Before that, she was the founding editor of HelloGiggles and also worked as an entertainment writer for Bustle and Digital Spy. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Decider, Vanity Fair, The New York TImes, and many more.