Reese Witherspoon may be an Oscar and Emmy winner, but her daughter, Ava Phillippe, was the star on Saturday night when she made her debut in society at the 25th annual Bal de Debutantes in Paris.
Phillippe, who is the 18-year-old daughter of Witherspoon and her ex-husband, Ryan Phillippe, looked like the Hollywood star in a glittering gold ball gown by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.
After walking the red carpet and posing for pictures with her Mom, Phillippe entered the debutant dance on the arm of Padmanabh Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur (and friend of Prince William). The couple opened the ball by dancing the waltz to the crowd with a melody from the movie "La La Land".
It was a story night for Phillippe, as well as 19 other young people from prominent families. Phillippe was one of six American girls who participated in the event, as did Lori, the 20-year-old daughter of Steve Harvey.
First held in 1992, the Bal des Debutantes is a modern party in which young women leave politicians, aristocrats, entertainment and other notorious families are introduced to society and the world of haute couture. The event, held at the Peninsula Hotel this year, raises money for charities and has been called one of the most popular festivals in the world by Forbes.
Past debutants included Kyra Kennedy (daughter of Robert Kennedy, Jr.), Sophia Rose Stallone (daughter of Sylvester Stallone), and Scout and Tallulah Willis (daughters of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore).
In the days leading up to the dance, Phillippe, Witherspoon and their family celebrated Thanksgiving in Paris. Phillippe published a photo of his half brother, Tennessee, riding the carousel in the Tuileries Garden.
"Grateful for moments like this!" Titled the adorable photo.
The next day, mother and daughter attended the annual breakfast bal and the event "run-through", where the debutantes do their hair and make-up and dresses are tested to prepare for the big event of the night following. The girls pose for pictures together and separately, and then take waltz clbades with their parents or gentlemen.