Miz Dupre

13 03 2008

Today, the NYT published an article about Ashley Alexandra Dupre. Extraordinary or no? Well, Miz Dupre, also known as Kristen, is the woman whose tryst with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer at the Mayflower Hotel landed him in the doghouse on so many levels. The article, found here, reads as a brief glimpse into her life. She moved to the big city to pursue a career in music, but ended up working as a prostitute to pay the rent. Actually, it reads like the synopsis to a bad, or at the very least, very clichéd, movie. I actually feel for the girl. She’s my age. Literally, we are the same age. And she is working as a prostitute. Although, according to this article she makes more money than I do, so I guess I shouldn’t really feel so bad for her. What is I think going to be the hardest thing for her is getting past this. This article revealed every name she has ever gone by, including her given name. So, they didn’t really give her any room to go back to a normal life. People are always going to know her (well, hopefully not always, but what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think Monica Lewinsky?) as the hooker (and I hate using that term) who brought down Eliot Spitzer. Perhaps that was a bad choice of words. Maybe the publicity will generate sympathy for her, and that will help her find another job. One where she doesn’t have to sell her body….Or maybe, she can go to college and study music? Surely this experience could give her enough for a compelling essay. I’m sure she could get a scholarship. Or study business? The article says that she owns a business called Pasche New York, which an entertainment business designed to further her own music career. Although I cannot find a website of Pasche New York, nor do I know what kind of business would further her own music career other than a club or a website.
Quite a bit of the information from the article seemed to come from her MySpace music site. For anyone who wants to see it, the link is here. Took me a while to find, but I did. Her site has seen over 5 million hits. I’d be curious to know how many of those came after the story broke. Again, I feel bad for her, because she has absolutely no privacy at all. The Times article released her given name, her stage name, and her legally changed name. Although as a budding artist, she may not want a whole lot of privacy. I don’t know. Well, I hope that she is able to create a life after this, one that she truly wants.
Although I am still waiting for the movie to come out.




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