According to Paris Hilton, she was not aware of her appearance on the cover of Playboy magazine, and she expressed her emotional distress by shedding tears.
At that time, Hilton had become a topic of discussion due to the publicized release of her sex tape by her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon. Hugh Hefner, the chief executive officer of Playboy, had previously approached Hilton to inquire about her willingness to be featured in the magazine.
Hilton alleges that following her refusal, Hugh Hefner fabricated an award to justify the publication of her pictures without obtaining her consent.
Paris Hilton, who is currently 42 years old, recently published a memoir titled "Paris: The Memoir," in which she discloses that she declined an offer of seven figures from Hugh Hefner to appear in Playboy magazine.
She explained: "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."
"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."
In 2000, Hilton resided in Los Angeles with two Playboy bunnies and had entertained the notion of posing for the magazine, believing it would be a fantastic opportunity.
Once more, taking her mother's perspective into account, who characterized the idea as "trashy," Hilton ultimately decided against it.
However, four years later, Hilton found herself featured on the magazine cover despite her earlier decision.
"No one was terribly surprised to see me on the cover of Playboy," she said.
"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."
"I imagine it sold well because people expected to see me naked inside the magazine."
"Surprise, suckers. They got nothing. Same as me."
Afterward, Hilton expressed that her parents were furious about the situation, and she herself had tears in her eyes.
Nonetheless, they did not pursue any legal action against Hefner.
"None of us confronted him," she said.
"Because you just didn't do that."
Paris' memoir titled "Paris: The Memoir" is currently available for purchase.