After several seasons of “The Simple Life”, viewers came to see Paris Hilton as a ditzy, not-too-bright rich kid, a perception that continues to dog her to this day.

Hilton, now 40, has on numerous occasions said that she was playing a character, not her real self, on the hit reality series; however, she continues to confront that perception nearly two decades after the show went off the air.

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Speaking with L’OFFICIEL, reported Harper’s Bazaar, Hilton explained how it’s still an uphill battle to change public opinion.

“There are many preconceptions,” she told the magazine.

“Coming from a family with an important surname, I think a lot of people think I take it for granted or that I’m spoiled, that I have always had food ready and haven’t worked a single day of my life. But it is an opinion so far from reality,” she continued.

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“I have worked hard, and have never behaved thinking that I am different from others. Having seen me in ‘The Simple Life’, they assume that I am that way in real life, but it was a role,” she added. “I am smart. I’m not a stupid blonde, I’m just very good at pretending to be.”