First Nicole Richie then Lindsay Lohan and now India—Paris Hilton is on a reconciliation roll.
The hotel heiress has reportedly agreed to star in a clothing campaign to be shot in the country next year, despite her being dissed by Indian officials over the summer who banned her debut music video for "Stars Are Blind" due to its strong sexual connotations.
Anand Jon, the American-born, Indian-descent fashion designer, told the Times of India that the 25-year-old Simple Life star will serve as the face of his eponymous clothing line, which specializes in high-end evening wear.
"Who could be better than Paris—the ultimate It girl—to present my designs?" he said."Paris is a very close friend of mine. We have known each other for a long time. So, when I told her about this visit, she was pretty excited. For her, India is the land of exotica and beauty. In fact, her response was 'I finally get to visit the exotic!' "
We pray he's paraphrasing.
Jon told the paper that he chose the celebutante to model the line not only because she "loves the Indian culture," but because of her impressive grasp on what it takes to be a style icon."She is a style diva," he said. "She is very particular about what she wears. She is the Madonna of our generation."
Only minus the African orphan.
"She is a very cultured kid...Not many know that Paris comes from a family high on values and traditions. There is more to Paris than her parties."
Jon told the paper that the shoot will take place in and around five Indian cities, including Mumbai. The designer also said that former Lost star Michelle Rodriguez will appear in his campaign, though it's unclear whether she and Hilton will costar in the ads or whether each will warrant a solo spread.
"There are many things left to be finalized," Jon continued. "Right now, Paris is on a tour for her album, but once she is back we shall chalk out the entire plan."
Whatever the final date, the modeling gig will mark Hilton's first foray into the country since being banned.In August, India's Central Board of Film Certification issued an Adult certification for the "Stars Are Blind" video, preventing the racy footage from being broadcast on any of the country's television stations.
Die-hard fans weren't completely deprived of their ability to watch the singer in action, though. The video was briefly streamed on a promotional Website belonging to a shampoo company that backed the album's marketing campaign.