In order to live in a truly self-aware society, we must acknowledge the ridiculousness of the fact that, in this weird world, we can use the phrase "Paris Hilton was the original Kim Kardashian." Back when Paris was leading the simple life and revolutionizing celebrity and reality television without even knowing it, her "maid" and sometimes BFF Kim Kardashian was little more than an accessory to Paris' early '00s spendy, tacky-chic lifestyle. Paris Hilton was not only Kim's occasional boss in title, but also in the dynamic of their friendship. Most photos from the bygone era when Kim was Paris' lackey show Kim staring at Paris longingly and adoringly, and Paris not really giving much of a crap about her at all, really.
So long before anyone was keeping up with the Kardashians, everyone had their nose in Paris Hilton's business. She was the first born-to-wealth reality TV star that really changed the face of modern celebrity, really ingraining the idea of "famous for doing nothing" into the cultural psyche. Unfortunately for Paris, despite pioneering the idea of being paid to show off how much money you have, the world really only needs one whiny, rich, mean-spirited sex symbol as its reality TV idol. With Kim as the reigning Queen of Why Do We Even Care, I'm taking a look back to a time when the most recognizable celebrity in the world was Paris Hilton's bitch. Here are 15 times Paris Hilton was the boss of Kim Kardashian, because everyone has to start somewhere, and even the mighty can fall.