Paris Hilton whips up a storm in holy Mecca
Related Stories Man threatens police, demands pizza, Paris Hilton Paris Hilton ‘s Malibu home was the subject of burglary for the seventh time. While the Hollywood socialite partied with guests in her home last weekend, a band of female misfits stole bikinis, purses and pictures from her bedroom, TMZ reports. “I have bad luck when it comes to thieves,” the 32-year-old heiress tweeted Sunday. “They tried to steal my new collection of Paris Hilton purses from my Malibu house.” PHOTOS: PARIS HILTON GETS SEXY But the thieves didn’t get very far as they were spotted by another guest and left Hilton’s belongings in the street where a driver recovered them and turned them into police. Still, no police report was filed. Her Malibu home has been robbed six times before. Similar incidents at her Hollywood Hills home were the inspiration behind Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” as a group of teenagers allegedly got away with $2 million worth of Hilton’s jewelry and a number of designer outfits from 2008 to 2009. Just as in the film, the thieves even tried to take off with one of her pups. While Hilton made a cameo in the film, it’s no laughing matter when it affects her real life. Still, she’s prepared to continue calling the Malibu mansion her home. PHOTOS: CELEBRITY MUG SHOT DOPPELGANGERS “When it first happened, I’d already had so many other experiences at other houses I’ve lived at in the Hollywood Hills with stalkers, people climbing my gates, and tour buses full of people driving by,” Hilton told The Daily Beast in a previous interview. “I’ve always been used to this. But living in a gated community is the safest place you could live in L.A. Even though it happened to me and it’s scary, I just had to up the security in and around my house with cameras, laser beams and the most high-tech system.” But her beefed up security system didn’t stop the bandits from striking during her fiesta Saturday.
Most Saudi women cover themselves fully with a black abaya. Paris Hilton store in Mecca? Hilton introduced her store on the social media site Twitter , when she wrote, “Loving my beautiful new store that just opened at Mecca Mall in Saudi Arabia!” accompanying the post with a picture. She later added: “This is the 5th store in Saudi Arabia, and store number 42 in total! So proud to keep growing my brand!” It is not the store itself that is out of place in Mecca — the presence of Western luxury brands is nothing new in Saudi Arabia. Hilton’s store sells luxury handbags and accessories and is in the new Makkah Mall, which opened in 2011 with 255 shops, many of them global chains, selling everything from jewelery to electronics, women’s fashion to sportswear. It even has a branch of the lingerie chain La Senza. Paris Hilton has 42 stores worldwide selling handbags, accessories, shoes, fragrances, watches and T-shirts, and already has four in Saudi Arabia. Loving my beautiful new store that just opened at Mecca Mall in Saudi Arabia! Paris Hilton However, the combination of Hilton’s personal image with the holiest city in the Muslim world has riled some in the conservative kingdom. Sheikh Adnan Baharith, a conservative cleric who preaches in Mecca, said: ”It is unnecessary to have her shop here because we do not need it. ”If it was in our hands we would have closed all of her shops in Saudi.” For others, the outrage was more about the ongoing commercialization of the heritage of Mecca than Hilton herself. Ahmed Al Omran, who writes the blogs Saudi Jeans and Riyadh Bureau , said: “Some people were angry about it and others saw the humor in it. “In the end, it’s made a lot of people think about the bigger issue of the commercialization of Mecca where historic sites have been demolished to make way for modern malls and international brands.