Paris Hilton shares photos of herself at 18-years-old after enduring 11 months of abuse at Provo Canyon School: ‘I can see the pain in my eyes’
Paris Hilton famously claimed in her documentary This Is Paris that she endured emotional and physical abuse as a teenager, while attending Provo Canyon School in Utah.
And on Thursday, the 39-year-old shared never-before-seen photos of herself at the age of 18, which were taken shortly after returning home to New York from the boarding school.
Bravely posting the gaunt-looking portraits, Paris wrote that she could ‘see the pain in [her] eyes,’ adding that her younger self was just ‘trying to block out the painful memories.’
Traumatized: Paris Hilton, 41, shares photos of herself at 18-years-old fresh from Provo Canyon School where she allegedly endured 11 months of physical and emotional abuse
‘These photos were taken when I was 18 and had recently came home from the horrible experiences I went through at #ProvoCanyonSchool. I can see the pain in my eyes. I was so traumatized that I pretended everything was okay, trying to block out the painful memories.’
‘Looking at this now, I know that the teen me would be so incredibly proud of the woman I am today. Being brave and using my voice to make a difference and save children from having to endure the abuse myself and so many others have had to go through,’ she wrote.
In the snaps, Paris sported modest black pants and a navy tee with an NYPD baseball cap over her chopped platinum locks.
The frail nature of her body and spirit emulated through the photos as she was seen standing ‘at ease’ as if ready to be commanded.
Survivor: ‘I can see the pain in my eyes. I was so traumatized that I pretended everything was okay, trying to block out the painful memories,’ she shared
Sunken blue eyes overlined with black eyeliner and a vacant look on her face, the photos are troubling in retrospect after she shared what she had been through in her documentary This Is Paris.
Getting into the New York party scene at an early age, Hilton would sneak out of her family residence at the Waldorf Astoria to go underage clubbing, prompting her parents Rick and Kathy to look for behavioral programs to curtail her wild child ways.
At the age of 17 she was sent away to Provo which she deemed, ‘the worst of the worst.’
Kidnapped from her bed at her parent’s home in the middle of the night, once she arrived at the school she was allegedly beaten, drugged, abused (verbally, mentally, and sexually) and forced into solitary confinement.
The culmination of nearly a year of daily horror, caused her to develop insomnia, depression, trust issues, and crippling nightmares.
Reform: After various schools and programs failed to curb her wild child ways, her parents sent her away to Provo which she deems ‘the worst of the worst’ where she was beaten and locked in solitary confinement
Deep wounds: The abuse at the hands of the behavioral school has caused Paris to struggle with insomnia, depression, trust issues, and crippling nightmares – all of which stem from her time there
Upon returning home she buried the trauma and rebranded herself as the bubbly, pink-loving, glamour girl she has come to be associated with.
Hilton only recently peeled back her external fluff and fake voice for This Is Paris, in order to speak candidly about the suffering she claimed to have endured at the hands of Provo Canyon School.
Upon the This Is Paris’ release in September, Provo denied the star’s abuse allegations, also claiming they had fallen under new management and thus were not liable for any previous wrongdoing, as per TODAY.
‘They lie to the families and they lie to the children. They’re manipulators, so obviously they’re going to lie to try to protect themselves from what they’ve done,’ Hilton said in a December interview with USA Today.
Burying it: After returning back from Provo she continued to be known as a nightlife fixture, propelling herself to ultimate fame by creating a ditzy blonde persona as a coping mechanism; pictured 2002
Determined to stop the cycle of violence from continuing to go unchecked at the school, Hilton teamed up with dozens of former Provo students – who also claim similar experiences of abuse – to call for the school’s closure.
‘There is thousands of these schools all around. Provo Canyon is just the first one that I want to go down.From there, it will be a domino effect,’ she explained.
She held her first protest in October at a park near the Utah school – the closest she had been to the school grounds since she was 18-years-old.
Haunting and empowering at the same time, Paris has made it her mission to make her once silenced voice heard alongside so many others, and she and the film’s producer Jen Robinson, ended up leaving Utah with heaps of evidence to strengthen their case.
Taking a stand: Paris is now calling for the closure of Provo Canyon School as she teams up with former students who also allege abuse at the hands of the school
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