The Players: Ashley Dupré, high priced courtesan favored by former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. Ginger Lee, Exotic dancer and former porn star who exchanged tweets with former congressman Anthony Weiner. The Situation: Respective sex scandals have given them each a blast of media exposure they’d never have enjoyed otherwise. The Quest: Parlay 15 minutes of fame into an enduring career, or at least a sizable stack of cash. The Question: Of the two similar women caught up in similar situations, which will occupy the loftier spot in tabloid sexcapade history? We compare and contrast after the jump.
Well, duh, which one is hotter? Team Lee for the win on this one. Less boobs but more blonde. Dupré has certainly mastered the come-hither look, but her visage reminds me of Molly Shannon from Superstar. And Lee is more versatile. She can look naughty in gold lamé or demure in just your run-of-the-mill lingerie set. And, based on her press conference, she cleans up nicely and you could bring her home to meet Ma and Pa. If Lee opts to go down the Playboy path, we’ll have to compare centerfolds.
What are their post-scandal goals? Lee is just a modest, working girl. She says she only wants her fifteen-minutes to be over so that she can get back to work. But back to dancing in stripper heels at the Pink Pony? With Dupré’s notoriety, there was no going back to the $4,300-for-three-hours escort world (without moving to Nevada, at least), so she embarked on a singing career and writing career, as a dating columnist at the Post.
How has it worked out so far? Lee has referred to herself as “the most famous stripper in America right now,” but she’s selling herself short. She was the most famous stripper in the world, for approximately a day. But she’s still dancing and reportedly earning three times her normal flossing, grinding, and stage-humping rate. As for Dupré, she’s plugging away with modest success in the music business, and has become a journalist: she writes a sex column for the New York Post called Ask Ashley, which has the altruistic aim of discouraging girls from following in her footsteps.
Who wins? Dupré is your girl if you’re into a charitable, buxom brunette who once proudly boasted that she loved sex, and was good at it, too. But Lee will captivate the attention of any gentleman preferring a humble southern blonde who doesn’t even want the most famous stripper title. Dupré got an interview with Diane Sawyer, and all Lee has gotten so far is a lousy press conference that she held herself. She doesn’t seem to know quite what to do with her recent fame, except that she has to do something. Dupré handled the publicity
opportunistically gracefully, posing for Playboy two years after the scandal broke, and reportedly turned down a million bucks from Hustler. Lee didn’t even profit during the original pen-pal relationship, and hasn’t cashed in beyond getting a raise at her old job. You could learn a few things from Ashley Dupré, Ginger Lee!
Our advice: It seems Dupré has cast her lot and come out with not much but a DOA music career and some fading D-list fame. For Lee, reality TV seems the obvious choice, but even then, look for her to fade from any spotlight as the Weiner scandal evaporates post-resignation. In other words, dethroning prominent New York politicians pays, but only for a fleeting moment.