Paris Hilton Says That Infamous "Stop Being Poor" Shirt Is Fake

"Everyone thinks it's real, but that's not the truth"

BY Allie GregoryPublished May 4, 2021

After nearly a decade in circulation, that meme of Paris Hilton wearing a shirt that says "Stop Being Poor" has been debunked by the heiress herself. 

In a new TikTok from the veteran Hollywood socialite, Hilton explains that the meme version of the shirt was actually Photoshopped. She then goes on to show the actual shirt that reads "Stop Being Desperate."

"So there's this photo online of me, I'm sure you've seen it," she says in the video. "I never wore that shirt. It's completely Photoshopped. Everyone thinks it's real, but that's not the truth."

According to Know Your Meme, the edited image first surfaced in 2013 on Tumblr user softwaring's page. Later that year, the hoax-debunking website Museum of Hoaxes confirmed that the image was shopped.

Still, Hilton has come forward to further clear things up.

"Don't believe everything you read," she says in her video.

Watch the clip below.

Debunking the ##STOPBEINGPOOR myth. πŸ™…πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜Ή Don't believe everything you read. 😏 ##greenscreen ##Iconic πŸ‘‘

♬ original sound - ParisHilton

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