Hotel heiress Paris Hilton has been tapped to take on her biggest role yet - as the host of this year's MISS USA pageant.

The 22-year-old blonde has been handpicked by property mogul Donald Trump to lead his 53rd annual contest, which will be held on 12 April (04) in Los Angeles.

Trump, who came up with the idea while spending time with Hilton's parents KATHY and RICK at his MAR-A-LAGO estate in Palm Beach, Florida, says, "I've known Paris since she was a little girl. She's a fine girl... I think she will give the pageant its highest TV ratings."

05/02/2004 17:24