AshK Dupre movie?

14 03 2008

An article this morning in the LA Times is implying that Miz Dupre’s MySpace profile may be less than reputable. One of AshK’s close childhood friends was interviewed for the article, and she claims that she never heard or saw any evidence of the drug use, abuse, or poverty that was on AshK’s MySpace page. While she saw Ashley infrequently after she left their idyllic hometown, she believes that they were close enough that Ashley would have clued her in on something if there was trouble. A peek into Ashley’s past life reveals that she grew up as a normal teen who enjoyed cheerleading and singing kareoke. Several of the homes in the neighborhood where she grew up retail for $1.5 million. AshK has led people to believe that she grew up in a rough and tumble neighborhood spotted with shady characters and poverty-stricken inhabitants. Far from that, this neighborhood is an upscale development with manicured shrubs and long, winding driveways. Unfortunately, the spotty past makes for a better screenplay. Is this was little Miz AshK has in mind? (She hasn’t done a very good job of hiding it, if it was supposed to be a secret.) Granted, I suppose we could just blame Eliot Spitzer. He’s the one who got caught, anyway. Read the full article here.

Advertisements A Sexy Spin on Social Networking?

14 03 2008

A website has been launched by Silicon Valley’s own Scott Banister. His vision is a social network, one that connects people via the web. Oh great, just what we need, another Facebook/MySpace/Friendster/Linked In. But wait! Scott has added his own unique twist to the site, The site, which requires a $10 monthly subscription fee, allows nudity No, not only allows it, that is what the site is devoted to. His goal is to drive a competitive profit against those deemed “raunchy porn sites” that host pictures that make the ones on tame in comparison. By its own admission, is a “community-powered showcase promoting female beauty.” Pornography sites on the web rake in huge profits every month, so why is this site going to be any different? In an interview for ABC, co-founder Scott Banister said “It’s a social network built around who took the photographs. We look at that and we see a huge opportunity to enter that same market, but with a subscription-only model.” The site, which is currently invite only, is similar to Facebook and MySpace in the fact that once you are a member, you meet and become friends with fellow users online. However, the also gain access to the nude photos, and are afforded 5 votes a month to decide award to their favorites. The photographers (because this is all for the photographers…) are paid based on the number of votes they receive. All of the models are paid as well.
Why charge a subscription fee? Well, in order to avoid advertisers, of course! But is that really what subscribers think they are paying for? The website has a waiting list of 30,000 people, according to this article, which is pretty impressive.
What can we learn from this, other than the fact that porn is becoming more sophisticated? Well, that the world of social networking is moving to private communities. That’s right, just like we have gated communities, those big communities that have a guard at the gate, and their own lake, and a private park, social networking communities are starting to move to these “gated communities.” Facebook is cool, but open to everyone (and I am not knocking Facebook, I love Facebook), and pretty soon, invite-only communities are going to become the “place to be.” Could this signify the beginning of the end for my beloved Facebook? Well, I don’t know if this site will survive, but it’s got a pretty good shot-plus, they have just secured funding from BlueRun Ventures and Founder’s Fund, which has bankrolled PayPal and Read the entire ABC News article here.

What We Want by Ashley Alexandra Dupre

13 03 2008

So a post on Tech Digest is reporting that Ashley/Kristen’s song “What We Want” was available for purchase as an Mp3 on Amie Street. The website apparently prices songs by their popularity. Before this story broke, Ash’s song was $.19. The price has risen to $.98 today. FYI, she has another song available too, called “Move Ya Body.” The full story is here, and AshK’s Amie Street site is here.

Miz Dupre *update*

13 03 2008

*And, her music site is baaaaaaaaaaaaack……………….is it possible her site is being hijacked? Or are we just being yanked around by the elusive Miz Dupre? 

*And now, this site houses someone named Nina. I suppose we have lost track of Miz Dupre. 

The Chicago Tribune‘s Swamp is reporting that Miz Dupre has taken down her MySpace page (seriously, can anyone blame her?) as of noon today. The article can be found here. Interestingly enough, the MySpace link that I posted in the earlier post is still active and takes you to a page inhabited simply by “Ashley.” She’s had some people write little notes of support, but is it really even her? I mean, the site isn’t private. I could access it without being her friend, and I think that most people that don’t want to be found would set their profiles to private (so only friends can see the content.) Is this just someone who gets online and says that they are Lindsey Lohan? Or, AA Dupre? Just a thought……
I for one am glad that she deactivated her profile. Privacy seems to be what she needs right now. (I say as I blog about it.)
Good luck, Ash!

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.