It's the largest piece of fabric Paris Hilton has ever worn. Of course, it’s courtesy Indian fashion. The 30-year-old American businesswoman-actor-musician, who will arrive in Mumbai on Saturday to launch her new line of handbags, has posed in six yards of desi bling for the fashion glossy Marie Claire’s October Bridal Special Issue.
In the shoot, conducted by Hollywood's celebrated lensman Mark Arbeit, she dons a Tarun Tahiliani sari.
"I am obsessed with Indian designers. I love the whole Swarovski bling and all those crystals. It is gorgeous and yes, maybe I have designs on some of them for my next outing on the red carpet," says Hilton in an exclusive interview with Neena Haridas, editor, Marie Claire India.
Haridas says that during the shoot, Paris was quite the anti-thesis of the fussy image she has. “The Paris we saw was down-to-earth, and a determined businesswoman. Our fashion editor and her team of stylists chose the looks, the mood and the clothes for the shoot, and insisted on styling her in Indian couture. Paris was nervous about the sari, so were we. But she has now fallen in love with Indian clothes, and wants to learn to drape a sari.” When asked if the otherwise reckless Paris has finally grown up, Hilton says, “I think I am in the process of growing up. I am a lot more focussed on work. I have grown up so much in the last few years. I have changed the way I look at the world. I have always wanted to build a business empire of my own, not just live off of the Hilton legacy. That is my priority.”
The hotel heiress is also enjoying singlehood to the hilt. “For the first time in my life, I am single, and enjoying it. I am basically a romantic, and when I start seeing a guy, I think he is the one. I have had my heart broken a few times, and of course it has changed me as a person. I am still waiting for my soulmate," she says.
Tantrum queen turnaround
Contrary to reports, Paris turned out quite the non-fussy professional when it came to conducting the shoot. “The Paris we met turned out quite an anti-thesis of all that we were preparing ourselves for. It was just her, and a little bag of stuff, which she carried . Not quite the Paris Hilton, the heiress, who loves her vanilla and lavender candles, prefers a live DJ in the studio, corn-fed chicken and lots of ketchup. She arrives bang on time in a car (not a private jumbo jet) for the shoot (she didn’t give a damn about the candles or the chicken), walked right into the makeup van and got to work,” says Neena Haridas, editor, Marie Claire India.