Paris Hilton is back with a new show, The World According to Paris. I am curious: Why did she come back to television?
—Megan Kane, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hilton, 30, felt the time was right to clear up some misconceptions—among them, the ditzy image that stuck to her after The Simple Life, the 2003-2007 reality-TV series that made her a household name. She says she’s ready to show the world that she’s a successful, down-to-earth businesswoman and a great cook, and that she loves her friends and her animals. “Before, I would never have done a show like this—you know, five or 10 years ago,” she says. “I wasn’t really comfortable with myself. I wasn’t ready. Now, I feel like I’ve been through so much and I have nothing to hide.”