Hotel heiress Paris Hilton is upset with her party-girl image - because she insists her regular attendance at Hollywood clubs is to make business contacts.

Paris, 22, along with her 19-year-old sister NICKY are regular fixtures on the Hollywood party scene and often appear in America's tabloids - most recently for the older sibling's feud with singer Lisa Marie Presley.

But Paris insists she's nothing like the party girl she's portrayed to be.

She says, "I don't drink. I don't do drugs. My family moved to New York when I was 15. We would go to parties and, before long, we were made out by the media to be party girls - dancing on tables. It used to hurt. It was embarrassing to my parents.

"But people who know me know it's not true. I'm out networking for my career, to pay my own rent, my own bills. I make my own money."

06/05/2003 20:59