GONE are the days of Paris Hilton picking at her bikini bottoms on the beach, changing guys like underwear and partying nonstop - but sources close to the ditzy heirhead tell Page Six her new grown-up attitude is nothing but a big, phony act.
Recently, Hilton has been seen in conservative one-piece bathing suits, hugging tiny tots for the cameras and acting demure with the paparazzi. But it’s all the work of spin doctor Michael Sitrick and his crisis management team, Sitrick & Company, our sources say.
“Paris hired a crisis publicist because of all the negative attention after she got out of jail. But it’s just for her public image,” one Hollywood insider said.
And those close to the heiress doubt she can keep the good-girl act going too much longer. “She’s being smart right now, but she’s a party girl at heart . . . we’ll just have to wait and see,” dished one pal.
After Hilton’s stint in jail, she abandoned longtime publicist Elliot Mintz for Sitrick, who’s handled Ryan Phillipe, Rush Limbaugh and Naomi Campbell during their own scandals. Since then, in addition to dressing more like a classy socialite and avoiding late-night stumbles out of Hollywood clubs, Hilton - who now parties away from the cameras in her Malibu house - has stopped her longtime habit of chatting with photographers.
“You can tell that it’s hard for her that she is not supposed to be seeking the attention anymore,” said one Hilton lensman. “She is going to the types of events that her people tell her to go to. But she is definitely staying away from the club scene. Paris is all about her dogs and hanging out alone.”
Just like any good flack, Sitrick takes no credit for Hilton’s sudden transformation.
“Paris said when she got out of jail that it was a life-changing experience, and indeed she has changed,” he told us. “She’s more involved in charities now - from volunteering at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles to her being a sponsor at a spinal cord injury fundraiser and more. People may try to read something into this that’s not there - but that is who she is.”
Whatever you say, Mike.
Meanwhile, Mintz says he remains Paris’ “media consultant and dear friend.”