We now have a face for “Kristin” — Ashley Youmans (aka Ashley Alexandra Dupré), a 22-year-old, fresh-faced, New Jersey nymph — to go with our Spitzer Hooker Scandal.

I confess I find Ashley utterly charming and incredibly beautiful — and she’s no Monica Lewinsky! But, then again, Monica was doing sexual favors and not working the sheets for a payday. If you have a desire men are willing to pay for, you must have an inner and undeniable magic.

Ashley’s sense of humor and fun are in full evidence in these images and I already like her even though I’ve never met her. Would I pay a thousand dollars and hour to intimately know her? No. But, then again, I don’t look like Eliot Spitzer.

How soon will Ashley be a multi-millionaire with a book deal and the rights to her life story sold to Hollywood?

Here are more images that hint at her alter-egos — the thousand dollar Hooker known as “Kristin” and the public performer known as “Ashley Alexandra Dupré.”

I find this image of “the real Ashley” — passed out — the most endearing of all because she is real, fallible, and human and she chose to publish it on the web.

She’s humble. She knows who she is in the world. When you leave a broken home at 17 — and you’re hooking the streets at 22 — sometimes you need to hide in your dreams from the reality erupting around you and the danger coming inside you.

Do you think Ashley will be mocked or celebrated as her life progresses?

Is her future tainted or will she shine more brightly than ever?

42 Comments

  1. Nothing says charming like selling “four diamond” hummers for cash.
    The women who become hookers always seem damaged in very sad and profound ways – be it childhood/sexual abuse, drug problems, and/or a myriad of mental disorders – even though the drug and mental issues, it could be argued, are an inevitable side effect of being considered sexual chattel, high priced chattel though you may be.
    Well adjusted struggling musicians do not normally become prostitutes unless they have an overwhelming (and unrealistic) desire to live the high life without putting in the years of requisite hard work and struggle. Women with healthy self esteem do not become hookers; they would not be able to look themselves in the mirror.
    Perhaps, given her love of the good life which her calling has allowed her, if Ms. Dupre had been blessed with a stable upbringing in an upper middle class home, with aspirations of achieving an effortlessly plush lifestyle with sexy photos of herself splashed around for public consumption, she would emerge as the wife of a mega-rich man who could provide her with these things. Providing she still dishes out the hummers.
    Sort of like Jessica Seinfeld. Funny how your opinions of these two women appear to be polar opposites.
    Too bad Jessica didn’t come from a broken home and an abusive background. What an utterly charming, beautiful and fresh-faced hooker she could have become – and probably with a book deal that wouldn’t require her to plagiarize.

  2. jill —
    Right! Mrs. Seinfeld and Ashley are completely different matters.
    Ashley was tossed to the streets at 17 and survived while Mrs. Seinfeld left one rich man at the altar for a richer man. Which one is the bigger whore and which one confesses that identity more publicly?

  3. David-
    I think Jessica and Ashley are different sides of the same coin.
    If Ashley, upon leaving her home at 17 with aspirations of bettering herself, had worked menial jobs or perhaps joined job corps or the military, worked hard, saved money through the years while persuing her musical goals, do you think that at the tender age of 22 she would be living alone in a posh new york city apartment? With time to vogue stylishly on MySpace? Gee, I doubt it.
    Ashley is a low-rent Jessica in my book; or Jessica is a tonier version of a call girl. Take your pick.
    And the only reason Ashley, and other hookers, “publicly” admit to their profession is when they are forced to by circumstances beyond their control, or if there is a hefty book offer in the works. It looks like both in this case.

  4. jill —
    Wasn’t Ashley sort of abandoned to the street at 17 because of a broken home? I’m not sure we can judge the means of her escape even though she may have taken an easier route that her charm and beauty paved. She could’ve quite easily fell into the street and the addicted drug scene.
    How many of us would be able to reject the frothier path of self-determination based on beauty and charm and sexuality instead of hard sweat and minimum wage labor?
    Ashley knows what she is what she does (who she does? 😀 ) because she applied to the whore service, put herself online and accepted cash payments for what appears to be unprotected sex with the governor. She not only risked her sweat, but her blood labor as well.
    Mrs. Seinfeld, however, sees herself quite differently from my experience of her. She views herself as a member of high society, an important woman others should admire — all the while being quite un-self aware of the means she used to hook her current position.

  5. I wonder if Ashley would have done well as a barista – speaking of the frothier path of self-determination. In all seriousness it’s impossible to put ourselves in Ashley’s shoes and be able to say that she should have done something or another instead of what she did – and we all know how sharp hindsight can be. 🙂

  6. David-
    It wouldn’t surprise me if Ashley, like Jessica, has never viewed herself as a “whore”, even now when, despite her outing as one, there are people coming out of the woodwork imploring the public to “not judge her”, and giving testimonials to what a nice, sweet, normal, grounded young lady she is. Why, she even gives the leftovers from her glitzy restaurant meals to the homeless!
    I would bet money that she would be insulted at comparisons with what she does to the truly pathetic women you see on Cops who sell their services at $20 a pop to rednecks in Dodge pickups.
    “Why no,” I can hear the utterly charming Miss Dupre admonishing us, “I am an Escort. The gentlemen I spend time with are bankers, lawyers, politicians. I would never lower myself to do that.”
    As for choosing hard work over a lifestyle that allows you the posh life immediately, but with a price, most of us do that. We don’t sell drugs. We don’t murder our spouse for the insurance money. We don’t hook.
    In choosing to have sex with scores of married men for a paycheck and a shot at a sexually transmitted disease and a mugshot, Ashley is no better than the less paid prostitutes on Cops. Let’s throw Mrs. Seinfeld in the mix too, just for good measure, because she is a gold digger. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

  7. Good point, Gordon!
    Did you know there’s a “Bikini Barista” on Big Brother 9? So funny! 😀
    Yes, we shouldn’t judge Ashley, but are we at least allowed to enjoy her pictures and her beauty? Or does that only make us her virtual Johns… who would give her $10 if she only asked? :mrgreen:

  8. You make good points, jill, but my sense of Ashley — if that’s even possible — is… if asked… “Are now, or have you ever been a whore?” she would say “yes” … while my sense of Mrs. Seinfeld is that she’d absolutely answer “no.”

  9. I have the (honor?) of living in a state that has a place called Cowgirls Espresso – it features theme days including “Military Monday” and “School Girl Thursday” – wow.
    I think if Ashley didn’t want her beauty to be enjoyed she wouldn’t put it out for the internet capable / interested world to see. 🙂 If your latter question is so then perhaps that makes Flickr one of the biggest brothels in the world!

  10. Gordon!
    That cowgirl site is so funny and proves, in spades, there’s a fine line between slutty and a bikini. 😉
    Ashley certainly has that special something and the fact that her “make-up-less” face is so naturally alluring speaks to her spirit and not her employment.
    You’re right that Flickr is probably the biggest whorehouse ever! :mrgreen:

  11. David-
    I like to think that in the deep dark recesses of her mind, Jessica knows that she’s a whore. Or at the very least a bad, bad person. I mean, come on, she knows, and she knows that everybody else knows why she left hubby #1.
    I would love to be a fly on the wall when her kiddies start asking her questions about that chapter in her life. Sorry to digress.
    I hope that Ashley’s moment of fame is just that – a moment. The path of her life so far – despite her standard-issue cosmetic enhanced prettiness, and the fake sheen of glamour shining from the many photos of her lolling in tropical settings and mugging smarmily on MySpace, – whether thrust on her to a certain degree, and by her own adult choice to a large degree, is sordid and sad.
    She should not be granted minor celebrity-of-the-moment status, but she is. What a message to send to young girls out there, and what a slap in the face to girls/women who toil in anonymity, their MySpace pictures not worthy of national attention, their accomplishments and attributes not lauded by the media. Because make no mistake about it, the strange love fest that our media has with attractive, seductive “victims” is exactly what is happening right now with Ashley.
    Like Ashley, I have tried to give food to the homeless (they thought I was crazy), but my friends will never have the chance to go on Good Morning America and tell the nation that. That hurts!

  12. jill —
    The problem with Jessica, to me, is her hubby. What must he think of her for leaving her other man at the altar? Does he think he’s mas macho or does he know he was tempted, played, and hooked?
    My feeling is Ashley will be around for a long time. She won’t do nudes. She’ll go mainstream popular and be a very big star.
    I agree there isn’t anything to admire about her and she sure does send all the wrong messages and values — but I sure do like her! 😀

  13. And there you all have it! Ashley is a whore, a harlot, a strumpet – but she’s a damn cute one, and one that whored for the rich and powerful.
    America will start to focus on how she was “thrown out on the streets at 17,” even though that is a common age for children to leave home anyway. We’ll focus on the “broken home,” even though 50% of the children today come from “broken homes.” We won’t focus on the fact that she chose whoring as her career.
    Ashley has a very good chance of being our next celebutante – just wait till Paris gets with her…

  14. jonolan!
    Right! I can’t help but like her even though I can’t abide others like her! 😀
    She’ll be bigger than Paris, I think. If she stays on her own and writes a good book and stars in her own life story — she’ll be a mega-star — but if she goes the “celebutante” route, she’ll be forgotten in 15 minutes.

  15. Oh – quick follow-up:
    Jill, there’s a HUGE difference between Ashley and Mrs. Seinfeld – Ashley was an honest whore who traded sex for money openly, Mrs. Seinfeld is a deceitful whore who traded sex for money under the guise of a “relationship.”
    I actually have somewhat more respect for the honest whore, whether high-price “Escort” or Crack-whore than I do for gold-diggers.

  16. Jonolan-
    One of my points (I think it was pretty murky) is that in my opinion, women like Jessica and Ashley have the same self-involved, amoral materialistic mind set.
    I get a different vibe from Ashley than David does. I can see an “escort” leaving a new hubby for a new, even richer one. She gives me the impression of looking out for number one, propriety, and other people’s feelings be damned.
    And, again, I see nothing “honest” about being an escort. How honest is she to the wives of the men she services? How honest is she to her friends (who profess they “never knew – she’s so nice – she gives her leftovers to the homeless”)
    Would Jessica be any more “honest” if – instead of divorcing Eric – she had entered into a clandestine part-time escort position in which, unknown to her hubby and pals, she was servicing rich men for sex?
    And upon being “outed” in the media, would she be branded a whore? And not given a pass because she didn’t come from a poor, broken home?
    The media has reported that Ashley had a boyfriend until recently, and since being stripped of her lucrative position as escort, she is worried about paying the rent on her apartment. I wonder if the boyfriend knew of his lady love’s profession.
    If he did not, would that change anyone’s perception of the nubile Ms. Dupre?

  17. I feel nothing but pity for this young lady. What a sad life and legacy. And she’ll likely continue to be the target of exploitation and used by others to make money via book deals, appearances, etc etc.
    There’s nothing to envy here. No woman in her right mind would want to be in her position no matter how much money or exposure she gets from this.
    She’s a victim for sure.
    Going a bit too far for me to call Jessica Seinfeld a whore. She saw what and who she wanted and went for it! Of course I don’t agree with her ethics.
    Again, what a sad story for this young lady. She likely could have become anything she wanted to be in life given her looks and from what I’ve heard some other talents.
    I’m a hopeful person, but how do you turn this into a positive. It will follow her wherever she goes no matter what else she has to offer.

  18. This will not have a happy ending of any kind, I can assure you.
    She may have some short-term success.
    IMHO, 22 years old is still young. And it’s highly debatable that she knows what she’s doing, engaging in illegal, high risk prostitution.
    As a side note: I find Elliot Spitzer to be a very scary man. I found him so, prior to this scandal and find him even more frightening now. A very mixed up man! I’m not as surprised as most people were about his character and activities. Freud is dead-on in this case!!

  19. She is gorgeous ……. looks as though she has a real sense of fun.
    I love both the first and last pictures you have shown of her.
    With reference to you last post – I hope the sex she has been having is SAFE.

  20. dmtessi —
    I think Ashley will do well exploiting her infamy for profit — and if she can keep her “girl next door” look alive — she will be the new Pamela Anderson in adoration and the next Jackie Kennedy in political savvy.

  21. Nicola!
    Yes, is is gorgeous. I much prefer her “no makeup” look rather than her “working girl” get up.
    The first and last images are my favs, too. 😀
    It’s reported that Spitzer was a “difficult client” in that he did not want to use a condom.

  22. David,
    Please tell me your kidding re: the Pamela Anderson/Jackie Kennedy reference?
    She will not be taken seriously by anyone and will self-destruct no matter how much money she earns from this and if she continues in this vein.
    Now if she uses this money and does something good and extraordinary with it, then maybe she can create another story for herself. Perhaps in the way Donna Rice did.
    But then again Donna Rice was not a hooker.
    Though I always thought Jackie Kennedy was overrated she was an accomplished and educated woman. Pam Anderson is not someone to aspire to IMHO.
    Only time will tell on this one, David.

  23. dmtessi —
    Yes, time will tell about Ashley. She’ll be a millionaire in a month and then we’ll see what coveting her dreams gets her.
    There are some who disagree with your about Donna Rice. She was sleeping with a powerful politician that she knew was married. Was she doing it with him just because he was a great guy? Or was she getting something out of it beyond pure sexual pleasure?
    I agree Pam Anderson isn’t someone to be admired, but her early career blossomed because of her indescribable “I like her” response so many men had to her essence. Even though she made her name naked, she was still able to pull of the “girl next door” quality with her clothes on.
    I could see some powerful politician taking on Ashley and making her into a Jackie O. Did Ms. Onassis marry for love or power or money? Or was it something else? As she was dying — who was her main protector and paramour? Was he an ordinary man? Or was he incredibly wealthy and married?

  24. Interesting take on this David. You may be onto something. As our society becomes more and more permissive, who’s to say it’s impossible for someone like Ashley to become the next Jackie Kennedy?
    But doesn’t this happen only in the movies and theatre a la Pretty Woman or even My Fair Lady?
    Stranger things have happened . . .

  25. dmtessi —
    I think there are all sorts of whore categories: Money, Power, Fame, Attention, Sex, etc. — where people of either gender will go to any extreme to debase themselves in order to grant their own wishes in the shortest, most direct, line that takes the least amount of effort and sweat equity.

  26. No accounting for tastes, I suppose. I don’t even think she’s particularly good-looking, much less $1000-per-hour attractive.
    But then, I thought Monica Lewinsky was kind of cute.

  27. Are all sons who follow in the footsteps of their successful fathers watered down wannabees or worse yet doomed to failure?
    It seems to me that the sons of actors, singers, and politicians who attempt to break into the respective fields pale in comparison.
    Can we think of anyone who had a breakthrough? Offhand I can’t think of anyone–

  28. dmtessi —
    Great questions! I addressed the argument of the successful father and the cursed son here:
    http://www.wordpunk.com/2008/03/spitzer-knew.html
    Let’s try to think of sons that are more successful then their father…. Trump and Papa Trump? No.
    Bush, Jr. and Papa? NO!
    Michael Douglas and Kirk? Nope, but close.
    Brody Jenner and Bruce? No chance.
    Robert Downey, Jr.? No.
    Kyle Petty and King Richard? Ha! I’m not even sure Richard overtook Lee.
    Dale, Jr? Nope.
    Peyton Manning? Perhaps he bested Archie — but not in character of spirit and not in the ability to create star sons. 😀
    I also think there’s a lot of competition between father and son. The fathers dare the sons to better them and then they sabotage the efforts of the sons so as not to be overtaken by their own DNA.

  29. As much as I can’t stand The Donald, I have to say that he trumped his father in terms of fortune and accomplishments.
    “The Art of the Deal” is a classic business book. “The Apprentice” was extremely entertaining and “you’re fired” has become part of the American vernacular. And he did revitalize Atlantic City and many parts of NYC.
    It pains me to give the man this much credit, but for some reason he can turn some real lemons into lemonade. Yes, he can be a jerk in the process, but he gets it done. Maybe his father was a nicer more humble sort of guy. I don’t know too much about Fred Trump other than he owned bunches and bunches of apartment buildings in Brooklyn. Don’t really know how they compare as men. . .
    Oddly enough I thought of Matthew Broderick.
    Not a flashy kind of guy. His father was a respected stage and TV actor, but Matthew has excelled in both the stage and screen. Who will ever forget Ferris Bueller? Or his fantastic turn in The Producers. But anyway . . .
    It’s hard to think of any others.
    Bob Dylan’s son Jakob did have success in music as part of The Wallflowers, but can you imagine having to compete with Bob Dylan?? I think it best that he pursued music as part of a group.
    It could be argued that Michael Douglas exceeded his father’s accomplishments because he also produced and directed a la “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” And his “greed is good” portrayal of Gordon Gekko in Wall Street was an unforgettable one. As you say very very close on that one.
    What do you think about Al Gore? Has he exceeded his father in the political arena?

  30. dmtessi —
    I don’t think Donald trumps his father. The Donald failed in Atlantic City. He sells a brand. He doesn’t really build. His father bailed him out with a million dollar loan to escape financial ruin. Fred set the table for success and the Donald is merely trying to serve the plates without destroying the ambiance and decor.
    I think Matthew’s father was much more of a pioneer in a harder, sparser time. His father found success in early television and on the stage. I don’t think Matthew has the depth or emotional prestige in the measure of the man.
    Dylan’s son is not Dylan. He’s tried. He found a bit of success on the back of his father’s name. He has disappeared.
    Kirk Douglas created more important roles in the history of cinema. Has Michael created anything remotely as important or ground-breaking as “Paths of Glory” or “Spartacus” or “Grand Prix?”
    If Al Gore had won the presidency, he would’ve met the measure of his father.
    Inherited wealth, I think, discounts the efforts of many privileged sons because, to beat their fathers, they have to amass more wealth and honor than that which was birthed to them.

  31. Good arguments, David!
    I often wonder what propels these offsprings to head in the same direction as their fathers or their motherss for that matter? Because I’ve always felt like it was really important to carve out your own path in life. It seems to me that the comparisons would be a losing battle. But some would argue it’s in the genes and only natural to follow in your father’s footsteps if you’ve been immersed in it all your life.
    I take a more cynical view and suspect that the child may want to ride on coattails or the idea of toiling away as a regular working person is unthinkable. Because in so many cases the talent just isn’t there.

  32. dmtessi —
    I think you’re right! They take the path of least resistance — and that’s why they never really equal the greatness of their fathers.
    So much of the entertainment business is nepotistic — stars give their kids jobs and friends of kids give other star kids jobs — and it’s very hard to break that chain of friends hiring family friends when you’re an outsider.
    That means those “new faces” without ties to the establishment must be dynamic and talented and unique or they’d never get a job.