Paris Hilton has sparked outrage after she announced the opening of her latest store in the Holy Saudi Arabian city of Mecca. The hotel heiress and businesswoman tweeted a photo of the store last Thursday (15.11.12) along with the caption “Loving my beautiful new store that just opened at Mecca Mall in Saudi Arabia!” The store is one of 42 worldwide locations which sell handbags and accessories under the 31-year-old’s own brand. While Paris was excited about the expansion of her stores to the Mecca Mall, others didn’t quite share the same sentiment. Protestors on Twitter hit back at the heiress, whose rise to fame from a certain adult home video back in 2003 has yet to be forgotten, with one person writing, “How can someone who made such a video open a store in the holy city next to the Grand Mosque?”Another person commented, “Saudi claim there are other ways to allow for pilgrims, & if religiosity is of such importance, why is @ParisHilton being allowed a store in Makkah?”
Others weren’t so negative about the new store. One person said, “Why the attack? This is a global brand found everywhere, whether it was in an Arab country or a European one.”
Moving past the controversial discussions, Paris went on to say, “This is the 5th store in Saudi Arabia, and store number 42 in total! So proud to keep growing my brand!”
Since the release of her sex tape, Paris has tried to move on and rebrand herself, but not without obstacles along the way. The party-girl turned businesswoman was charged with DUI in 2006 and arrested for drug possession in August, 2010. Despite her brushes with the law, Paris’ line of products which include handbags, perfumes, accessories, and footwear, earns over $10 million a year in sales. She is estimated to have a net worth of $100 million.