Paris Hilton Says She's a Role Model for Young Girls

Paris Hilton sees herself as a role model for young women, she said Thursday as she prepared to judge a contest to crown Miss Turkey.

Hilton, sitting on a jury to select Miss Turkey 2008, told Reuters she valued not only beauty but also "good heart" when looking at contestants.

"This is my first time judging anything like this," she told Reuters. "I'm going to look at how the girls carry themselves, what they look like, the way they dress and what they say."

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Hilton, 27, boosted her fame in 2003 after a sex video of her and an ex-boyfriend hit the Internet, and she spent three weeks in a Los Angeles jail last year in a drunken driving case.

Hilton said 90 percent of stories about her in the media are "complete lies," and she blamed Internet bloggers for spreading rumors.

"I don't pay attention to lies because I am a good person, I work very hard and I've built this empire on my own. I think this is an inspiration for a lot of girls out there," she told Reuters.

Asked if she was happy to be seen as a role model by girls, Hilton said: "Yes."

Hilton, whose grandfather Barron Hilton decided to donate 97 percent of his $2.3 billion wealth to charity, said she did not have any hard feelings about his decision.

"It won't affect me anyway," she told Reuters. "My grandfather is an incredible man. He is very generous. And what he is doing is amazing."

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