By tokyobutterfly, Jan 29 2017 03:39PM
A blog by Dr Brooke Magnanti inspired TV ’s Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, starring Billie Piper.
She is most definitely not a prostitute.
Just in case you’re still in any doubt she will point you to the small print on her website where she states that all “donations” are for her time, not for sex.
Yet take a closer look and that’s exactly what the 25-year-old Londoner is selling.
No strings attached, discreet, expensive sex... anywhere in the world.
Serena is highly educated (with a master’s degree), vivacious and stunning.
Her wardrobe is immaculate and she is equally comfortable holding court at a cocktail party or entertaining in the bedroom.
She is a modern-day courtesan, part of an elite band of escort girls willing to jet off at a moment’s notice to become the playthings of the planet’s wealthiest and most influential men.
These women are in such demand that they can return home from a day’s work with £10,000 bulging in their Gucci handbags.
The seamy world of the high-class call girl is being exposed in the scandal engulfing Silvio Berlusconi.
It is claimed that a fixer arranged, at huge expense, for women to be flown in from London for debauched parties attended by the Italian prime minister.
The women were paid £4,000 a time, given plane tickets, accommodated in five-star hotels and showered with gifts in exchange for spending the night with the politician.
It’s alleged that £80,000 was spent in nine months procuring girls for parties in Rome, Milan and Sardinia.
The term courtesan is little more than a marketing description used to add a few noughts to a seedy transaction.
They are expensive prostitutes. Yet there is a distinction between their encounters and the grubby couplings more often associated with the world’s oldest profession.
As one explains: “The modern courtesan is a lady who is educated, witty, sophisticated, well-travelled and articulate. She’s elegant, fun and of course beautiful. She’s the perfect companion for a gentleman of distinction and discernment. She is the antithesis of what you expect a ‘lady of the night’ to look like.
"She is very classy, ultra- discreet and chooses her suitors carefully. The men who are naturally attracted to courtesans are looking for an experience, certainly not quick gratification. They seek an encounter which includes intelligent conversation with a skilled, confident woman. There’s nothing tacky about me.”
It’s a description that Serena, who declines to reveal what she earns, recognizes. “I chose this path out of desire, not necessity,” she insists.
“It’s a job well suited to my personality and talents. There has to be chemistry, built up over long drinks or dinner dates. Because I am so exclusive I only have to arrange a few engagements each month. Quality encounters rather than quantity are my preference. I’m well-educated so I can converse on most topics, from science to business, and I can blend into any social function without causing embarrassment.”
The rarefied environments in which these women operate give the high-class escort industry an air of respect- ability. Looks are important but there’s more emphasis on the escort’s personality and interests than on her vital statistics.
At the very top end of the market the girl might have just one fabulously rich benefactor who doesn’t want the hassle of a mistress but is willing to pay for exclusivity.
The leading escorts often have regular jobs, not because they need them but for the variety, and are fluent in several languages. Unlike regular prostitutes they will kiss because for the money involved clients demand the full girlfriend experience.
On their websites, some review the hotels they have used and include testimonials from clients. They’ll also spout poetry and share their thoughts on everything from the euro crisis and state of the coalition to fine wines and the latest restaurant openings.
To make the problem of choosing gifts easier for the clients some girls will list their favourite brands of clothing and perfume.
Sophie, an escort working in Paris and St Petersburg who speaks five languages, says she prefers Chanel but will be equally thrilled to receive a spa voucher or champagne.
The trend for sharing their outlandish lives was started by Dr Brooke Magnanti, an academic who began writing an anonymous blog about her double life as an upmarket prostitute, using the pen name Belle du Jour.
She was the inspiration for the TV programme Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, starring Billie Piper, but the £300 an hour she claimed to have earned working in London pales beside the amounts commanded by other escorts.
“Some sex workers have terrible experiences but I didn’t,” says Dr Magnanti, who claimed to have forgotten how many men she had slept with. She’s now in demand as a social commentator has appeared on Newsnight.
Berlusconi is not the first politician to be caught up in a prostitution scandal.
Three years ago former New York governor Eliot Spitzer was exposed after paying £3,000 to a high-class hooker. It was reported that, above the usual favours, the cash was to cover her hotel bill, mini-bar, air and cab fares.
He was alleged to have spent £50,000 on prostitutes while in various political offices. It emerged that “Kristen”, the 22-year- old involved, had answered an ad for girls willing to attend parties hosted by the influential man.
A source involved in the investigation said at the time: “Like all of them she just wanted to hang out with guys who were rich and famous. Nobody knew she was a prostitute. Now it makes sense where her Cartier watch, her Louis Vuitton bathing suit and her trips to St Tropez came from.”
Another trend is for the escorts to organize lucrative tours taking in some of the glitziest events on the social calendar, such as the Monaco Grand Prix. They will organize a handful of appointments in advance and combine work with pleasure.
At the top end cash is still the preferred method of payment but it’s always possible to pay by bank transfer or even credit card. Naturally the client also picks up the tab for first-class travel. Some of the girls routinely carry visas for countries such as India and Russia so that they can fly to a lucrative rendezvous without delay. Others offer secretarial, personal assistant and translation services as some useful extras.
Some escort agencies claim to be able to offer access to supermodels who are between catwalk assignments. It was alleged that disgraced golfer Tiger Woods paid £10,000 a time to meet one former Playboy model when he visited New York. A fixer claimed that Woods would spend as much as £25,000 a weekend for illicit liaisons in cities where he was competing.
There is no shortage of bright, pretty girls willing to become courtesans. After all, there aren’t many jobs providing that level of income, unlimited champagne and international travel. Best of all for those in this secret, multi-million.
History of the Mistresses
The term courtesan, used to describe high-class mistresses, originated in 19th-century France.
These women, renowned for their beauty and sexual wiles as well as their intellect and wit, were at the top of the prostitutional hierarchy. Supported by the nation’s aristocrats they had elegant lifestyles.
In return for their loyalty and discretion they were provided with opulent homes, which they would furnish to their own taste, and lavished with jewels. When a man took on a courtesan she was a status symbol.
In a society where marriage was often an arrangement becoming a “kept woman” was an attractive way of life which also provided independence. No doubt some of them became attached to their wealthy lovers but on the whole if his income disappeared they would move on to a different man.
Every society had its courtesans and in Japan the equivalent was the geisha, a beautiful woman who was expected to entertain her rich benefactor and his business clients, although sex was not always part of the arrangement.
In Italy, long before Silvio Berlusconi came to power the nation’s rulers had their cortigianas who offered sexual favours and companionship in exchange for independence and luxuries.