November 21st, 2012
08:39 PM ET

Paris Hilton store to open in Mecca

The internet has been buzzing about Paris Hilton this week. On Twitter, Facebook and the blogs there's been outrage that she's opening a handbag store in the holy city of Mecca.

Some people were incensed that a socialite would be selling purses on the way to pilgrimage. Erin Burnett takes a closer look at whether the criticism add up.

Paris Hilton whips up a storm in holy Mecca

As an American socialite and hotel heiress, Paris Hilton has built up a global brand on her sexy image - and sometimes very few clothes.

But many believe she has gone a step too far in opening a store selling luxury items in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Hilton's rise to worldwide fame was boosted in part by a homemade sex movie that went viral online in 2003, days before the debut of her reality TV series "The Simple Life."

This does not sit well with many in Mecca, which attracts three million Muslim pilgrims from around the world every year.

All Muslims who are able are expected to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime, and non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the city. Most Saudi women cover themselves fully with a black abaya.

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.


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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    You know, I never thought that something as simple as a handbag would be the thing to remind a woman of how beautiful she really is.

    I don't know where guys get our sense of validation, probably from Maker's Mark, deer hunting, and conducting all male panels on women's health rights.

    November 22, 2012 at 7:36 am | Reply

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