07/27/2011 AT 8:30 PM ET
Who’s that girl?
The model in an Old Navy ad with a striking resemblance to a particular reality starlet is Canadian-born entertainer Melissa Molinaro, who tells PEOPLE she’s “really proud” of the commercial despite controversy around it.
“It was a great shoot and I was honored to be chosen from the auditions which included more than 500 other girls held in different cities,” Molinaro, 29, says.
Considerably less enthusiastic is Kim Kardashian, who has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the clothing chain alleging it made unauthorized use of her name and likeness.
Molinaro declines to discuss the lawsuit, or reports she stepped out with Kardashian’s ex, but in an interview with PEOPLE, it’s clear she’s more than just a celebrity impostor. Here are few things to know:
1. Performing Is Her Specialty
“I started dancing when I was about 3, and have always been a singer,” Molinaro says, adding that she is currently working on a follow-up to her club-friendly debut single “Dance Floor.”
2. She Has More Ties to Kardashian Than Just Appearance
Although Molinaro isn’t commenting on the reports, she was rumored to be dating Reggie Bush. Twitpics emerged in June of Bush coming out to BOA Steakhouse in L.A. to help her celebrate her birthday. This followed a number of online reports that the two were getting cozy.
3. She’s Shared the Big Screen with Paris Hilton
Critics panned it, and IMDB lists it as its 18th lowest-ranked movie by users, but the 1994 flick The Hillz was Paris Hilton’s big-screen debut, and Molinari had a small part in it. In the low-budget flick, she played a girl named Melissa.
4. Her Parents Inspired Her to Be Career Driven
“My dad put me on skates at the age of two, and I took figure skating,” Molinaro says of her hockey fan father. “I then went on to gymnastics, and finally found my home in dance. My parents were incredibly supportive to help me follow my interests starting with my early childhood.”
5. She Has an Appetite
Aside from regular “girlie-girl” hobbies such as “going to the movies, shopping and hitting the dance floor,” Molinaro shamelessly enjoys eating. “I love food,” she says. “I think I am the only girl on Twitter who constantly posts pictures of food.”