Born into a life of luxury on
October 5th, 1983, Nicholai Olivia Hilton grew up in the rich
Waldorf-Astoria with parents Kathy and Rick, and sister Paris, who is two
years older. Both girls stand to inherit the hundreds of millions of
dollars made by great-grandfather Conrad Hilton, who founded the famous
Hilton hotels chain. His son, Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, Jr., also handled the
hotel business and was the first of Elizabeth Taylor's many husbands.
Exposed to a frenzy of social activity thanks to her class-conscious
mother, she couldn't help but be sucked into what New York's elite circle
had to offer. Despite moving around from homes in Manhattan, the Hamptons
and Beverly Hills, Nicky remained attached to the Big Apple. Like her
sister, with whom she is very close, she recognized the need to establish
a name for herself that would be separate from the "hotel heiress" label.
While Paris was getting noticed for her modeling work and high-profile
relationships with Hollywood actors like Edward Furlong, Nicky emerged in
her own right. While keeping her head in her schoolbooks, she began to
frequent the types of nightclubs and restaurants that are usually the
focus of gossip columns. The late-night outings became a habit and soon
the beautiful blonde duo of Paris and Nicky were in the public eye.
The Hilton sisters elbowed their way into New York's inner social circle
and, for a while, Nicky got swept up in the dizzying heights this
popularity could bring. Magazines such as FHM, Vanity Fair and Vogue
noticed the heiresses and featured photo shoots and interviews of the
girls. Socialite extraordinaire, Nicky ate up the publicity and continued
to attend big-time events in New York City.
Nicky continued to mature into a woman and, with her beautiful physique,
many wondered whether she would try her hand at modeling like Paris had
done. Though she does not get enough credit for it, Nicky always had a
flair for the business side of things and began studying design in the
hopes that her abilities would be fueled. Her goal was to create
accessories for the fashion industry, not simply model in them.
Her natural good looks and marketable name were too much to pass up for
designer Anand Jon, and consequently, Nicky did end up doing some modeling
for him. Her big feat, however, came when she was asked to design handbags
for Tokyo-based Samantha Thavasa. Nicky and sister Paris produced such
great results, that their handbags could be found in more than 100 stores
in Japan and won over celebrity fans like Britney Spears, Tara Reid and
Once romantically linked with MTV VJ Brian McFayden and male models Mark
Vanderloo and Marcus Schenkenberg, Nicky Hilton still has a lot planned.
Instead of sitting pretty with her inheritance, she is continuing her work
in fashion design and still contributes to the Free Arts for Abused
Children Foundation. While her nightclub partying still grabs headlines
and makes for interesting water cooler gossip, Nicky Hilton has proven
that she is more than just a hot heiress. Her future in the fashion
industry is still bright and whether she gets far or not, she'll always
provide us with entertaining stories thanks to her crazy New York
Nicky grabbed the headlines again when she and New York businessman Todd
Andrew Meister got married on August 15, 2004, in an impromptu wedding
ceremony in Las Vegas. In November of 2004, the marriage was annulled.