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In an interview with W Magazine last week, Paris Hilton claims she invented the selfie. Which I guess is something to be proud of if you have Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Despite Hilton’s longtime dependency on various cellular devices, it is perhaps visionaries like Steve Jobs who are indebted to her, seeing that it was Hilton who took their creations beyond their wildest expectations, inventing along the way the maligned but ubiquitous selfie.
“If a beeper had a camera, I would have taken a selfie with it,” said Hilton later, agreeing that she was truthfully the matriarch of the modern phenomenon. “I think I have a selfie from when I was a little kid, like on a disposable camera.”
Paris Hilton didn’t invent the selfie, but she did perfect it. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell claims it takes 10,000 hours to achieve “world-class expertise in any skill.” Paris Hilton hit that mark right around when the iPhone 4 was released in 2010. She hit 20,000 in January. There’s no catching her. Congratulations, Paris. I think.