Paris Hilton's Most Daring Looks

Paris Hilton is not one to shy away from an outrageous outfit. But is the heiress and reality-TV star a trendsetter or a fashion victim? You be the judge. By Serena Kappes

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SATIN DOLL

SATIN DOLL
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Hilton sets the red carpet aglow in a beret and hot-pink satin shirt-and-skirt ensemble. The occasion? Maxim magazine's Hot 100 party in Hollywood in June. Though she's known for her jet-setting ways, Hilton told the publication in August that "the biggest misconception about me is that I'm this spoiled brat."

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Vamping Out

Vamping Out
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A short-haired Hilton vamps it up in a décolletage-baring, criss-crossed minidress at a party in Australia in October. But don't misunderstand: "What nobody realizes is that (Paris) is actually kind of shy," publicist Siri Garber told PEOPLE.

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DOWN FOR DENIM

DOWN FOR DENIM
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Hilton shows off her demure side in a blue-and-pink camisole top and hip-hugger jeans at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2004 fashion show in New York City in September. "People are fascinated by Paris because she's accessible and inaccessible at the same time," The Simple Life producer Mike Darnell told Entertainment Weekly.

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ROCK ON

ROCK ON
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At the Kerrang! Awards – a fete for the British hard-rock magazine of the same name – in London in August, Hilton tried out a tough-girl look, sporting a midriff-baring, black lace shirt and teeny tulle miniskirt.

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SISTER ACT

SISTER ACT
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Paris, in a flirty white dress and blazer (right), and younger sister Nicky, in a black sequined tank shift, made a fashion statement at the Melbourne Cup (an Australian horse-racing event) in November. "They walk in and the whole room gets brighter," pal Tara Reid told PEOPLE in July about the Hilton sibs.

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SAY HER NAME

SAY HER NAME
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Just in case someone forgot who she was, Hilton's leather miniskirt was sure to remind them. The connoisseur of celeb soirees (in Hollywood in October) told InStyle in 2002 that her favorite host is P. Diddy: "I love all of Puffy's parties. They're so much fun."

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HAT STUFF

HAT STUFF
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At a Melbourne Cup event in November, Paris (right) dons a flower-encrusted halter top, flowing chiffon skirt and stilettos, while Nicky spices up the racetrack in a lavender slip dress. "The girls are a lot more normal than people think," mom Kathy told PEOPLE in July.

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BARE ESSENTIALS

BARE ESSENTIALS
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Hilton opts for a barely-there cropped top, an ultra-low-rise wrap skirt and sky-high heels at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles in May. No wonder Teen People called her a "stiletto seductress."

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FASHION ROYALTY

FASHION ROYALTY
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Looking like a haute-couture prom queen, Hilton prowled the catwalk with a Chihuahua in tow in a sequined-and-ribboned Heatherette dress at the label's Fall 2003 fashion show in L.A. in April. Though Hilton has a hankering for high style, she gushed to PEOPLE in November, "I love Wal-Mart. It's, like, my favorite store."

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CHECKED MATE

CHECKED MATE
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Hilton (at the L.A. premiere of Scary Movie 3 in October) – who has had small roles in movies such as this year's Wonderland – cites Cameron Diaz as her acting role model. "I like when a pretty girl can be funny," she told Entertainment Weekly.

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LESS IS MORE?

LESS IS MORE?
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A lingerie-clad Hilton looks a bit, ahem, underdressed in a cotton-candy-pink bra and panties set paired with lace garters and striped thigh-high tights at a Golden Globes party in Hollywood in January. Says Hilton: "I know I'm pretty, but it means I have to work even harder," Time reported in May.

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MALIBU PARIS

MALIBU PARIS
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Looking more schoolgirl than socialite, Hilton hits FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2003 celebration in Hollywood in June in a pink tank and pleated miniskirt. Despite her reputation as a club kid, she insisted to Rolling Stone in November, "Mostly I like to spend time with my dogs."

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