Paris Hilton was a purveyor of some of the biggest cultural moments of the last decade. She made Juicy Couture sweatsuits cool. She coined the phrase, “That’s hot.” But one thing she didn’t do — invent the selfie. (Just don’t tell Hilton that!)
In November, Hilton claimed that she invented the selfie back in 2006 with a snap of her posing with Britney Spears. Unsurprisingly, Twitter went wild proving the star wrong. They shared photos of of Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon taking a selfie in 1991’s Thelma and Louise, Madonna taking a selfie in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan and even showed a selfie taken back in 1839!
But this week, she’s still sticking to her story and even got into an argument about it in Miami.
According to Page Six reporting, Hilton got into a “friendly argument” with art collector Jean Pigozzi at his show “Charles and Saatchi: The Dogs” over which of them really invented the selfie.
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Pigozzi has been snapping photos of himself with famous folk since the ’70s, long before Hilton came up with the idea. (And even has a book of his images, ME + CO: The Selfies: 1972–2016, to prove it!) He posed with everyone from Mick Jagger to Iman, Andy Warhol and Lady Gaga, and claims his 1974 shot with Faye Dunaway was the first celeb selfie.
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While we may never get to the bottom of who started the trend, we have all of them to thank for the photo phenomenon.