On a trip to Barnes & Noble yesterday, I made my usual tour of the bargain book aisles. One clearance item caught my attention: Paris Hilton’s “Heiress Diary,” — published several years ago when she was a mere party-girl socialite and still enjoyed wearing the color orange.
No, I didn’t buy the book. I didn’t even pick it up. But I got to thinking. Is that part of her life over? Did she finally grow up? It seemed that way in last week’s People magazine, where she was photographed wearing demure clothing in subdued shades, sans fake eyelashes.
Paris told fans on her Web site this week to have a fun July 4th, but not to drink and drive. Did that change anyone’s mind … did they hand over their keys to a designated driver?
It probably did have an impact, as Paris seems to have all kinds of influence over fashion, slang and “how-tos.”
I’m sure you remember in high school when Students Against Drunk Driving or another well-meaning group brought in speakers warning against the dangers of drunk driving. The speaker might have been a victim of drunk driving — a grieving mother of an innocent child. It might have been a drunk driver, telling a sad tale of poor judgement and second chances. Maybe there was a smashed-up car parked in front of the school — a jarring visual reminder of tragedy that could have been avoided.
Will Paris ever visit a school and tell of her tramatic few days in jail, forced to wear an orange jump suit and given food so bad that she actually lost weight during her stint?
Will it make a difference? Probably. And if that’s what it takes to get the message across, then I’m not sure it’s a bad idea.