Paris Hilton’s popularity may have cooled in the States, but she is one hot star in Colombia.

And it has nothing to do with sex tapes.

The high-flying socialite, who made a name for herself in the reality television circuit and because of her sexual escapades, has visited children’s hospitals in Colombia and even opened one of her fashion stores in the country’s capital, Bogota.

I had heard many things about this country, like that it has very beautiful and sexy women, and they are the ones who will adore my handbags.

- Paris Hilton

“I had heard many things about this country, like that it has very beautiful and sexy women, and they are the ones who will adore my handbags," she told The Associated Press.

What she doesn’t want to be in Colombia is misunderstood, like she says she is in America. She claims people assume she’s spoiled because she comes from a wealthy family – but she said she works hard in her own right.

“I’m surprised people don’t believe that I’m a person who is normal and intelligent,” she said.

Hilton also plans to open new stores in Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

Maybe the poor, wealthy wannabe actress has mistakenly gotten a bad rap.

Or maybe not.

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