Thursday, December 28, 2006

Paris struts her stuff at Bondi beach

International party girl Paris Hilton strutted her stuff at Bondi beach just hours after jetting into town to ring in the New Year courtesy of a beer company.

In a striped singlet top and huge white sunglasses, Hilton and her minders bustled through the assembled media at Sydney airport early on Thursday.

"Hey Australia," she said.

"I'm really excited to be here in Sydney for New Year's."

Advertising guru John Singleton brought Hilton down under to help select the face of his new Bondi Blonde beer.

His son, Jack Singleton, and professional surfer Koby Abberton did much of the groundwork at the Hilton Hotel on Thursday, whittling down the hopefuls to a field of 40 finalists.

The hotel heiress is scheduled to pick the winning bikini babe at Bondi Icebergs Club at 1pm (AEDT) on New Year's Day.

But Hilton was busy proving her own credentials as a bikini babe on Thursday, donning a skimpy two-piece for a dip at Bondi Beach.

Onlookers equipped with camera phones crowded around as she rinsed off under the beachside showers, still wearing her oversized sunnies and a pair of tiny white shorts.

The actress, now famous for a variety of roles on the big and small screens, last week was named the most popular Google news search for 2006.

And what will 2007 bring for the headline-grabbing heiress?

"Umm. A lot," she predicts.

Hilton is due to fly out of Sydney on January 2.