Thank God CNN is around to cover the hard-hitting news like this:

When Morgan asked the hotel heiress about people's misconceptions, she replied, "Just having the last name Hilton, people assume that everything was handed to me and I've never had to work a day in my life. But in reality, I've worked so hard, I've done this all on my own and I don't take anything from my family. I do everything by myself.
...Hilton said her brand personifies "fashion, fun, excitement and amazing products."
"I really am passionate about every single thing I do ... and I've worked really hard to achieve all this."

Obviously. If Paris Hilton was born Paris Milton, the daughter a cocktail waitress in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she'd totally still have turned herself into a lucrative human brand. This is the story we Americans tell ourselves.