WION Web Team Delhi, India
Nov 24, 2017, 01.12 PM
Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon's lookalike daughter Ava Phillippe, 18, will be making her "entry into society" at a debutante ball in Paris on November 25.
Ava is said to be escorted by 19-year-old British-educated Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur to the Bal des Debutantes which is purely by invitation only.
Maharaja Padmanabh Singh is a member of the ruling family of Jaipur in Rajasthan and a professional polo player.
Ava who is an aspiring artist and photographer herself will be seen accompanied by mother Witherspoon and father, actor Ryan Philippe.
Earlier this week, the mother-daughter pair were seen arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport in the French capital, along with Witherspoon's husband Jim Toth, and their five-year-old son Tennessee.
According to debutante ball tradition, fathers are required to dance with their daughters at the start of the ceremony.
The Crillon Debutantes Ball is a contemporary version of a British tradition which began in the eighteenth century.
The new form raises money for two charities like Seleni, a centre for women's mental health, and Children of Asia, which aims to raise the enrolment of young girls from Southeast Asia into education.
It was originally a ceremony for eligible young women from aristocratic families to be presented in front of the Queen when they turned 18. It was a sign that a woman was ready to be betrothed, and an introduction to families of a similar social standing.
Le Bal's dress code requires the girls to wear haute couture dresses, and it is believed that both Reese and Ava will be dressed by Giambattista Valli.
Other guests will include Sylvester Stallone's daughter Sophia, Stella Tennant's daughter Cecily Lasnet, and Warner Music Group executive Len Blavatnik's daughter Laila Blavatnik.