Paris says her clubbing socialite image was an act

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Paris Hilton shot to fame on reality show The Simple Life but the heiress says she wants to focus on building a business empire instead of being a celebrity.

The socialite – who is the granddaughter of hotel mogul Barron Hilton – claims that her image as a ditzy blonde was all an act and that she’s actually a hard-nosed businesswoman.

People have never got to know the real Paris Hilton,’ says Paris, 32.

They remember me for falling out of nightclubs and messing around on a reality show. But that was just a character I was playing.

You should see me in a business meeting. I have changed a great deal in the past few years.

I’m not some ditzy blonde who can get pushed around. I’m a tough businesswoman.’

Paris went on to star in several reality shows after The Simple Life, including Paris Hilton’s My New BFF and The World According To Paris, but she’s adamant that she won’t be doing any more.

Reality TV does not interest me any longer,’ the heiress tells The Sun.

I’m growing my empire around the world. I’ve been through very difficult times but now I have perspective.

I can look back on things, both the good and the bad, and know that those experiences made me stronger. And I’m grateful for that.’

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Anna Francis