Sunday, November 15, 2009

Belle de Jour Revealed: Dr. Brooke Magnanti

Sunday, November 15, 2009
Came home from work tonight to some truly flooring news.

Belle de Jour, the blogger who became a literary sensation in the UK after she began chronicling her life as a high-end escort, has finally been revealed. She is Dr. Brooke Magnanti, a research scientist living in Bristol.

Times Online: Belle de Jour revealed as research scientist Dr Brooke Magnanti

Just... wow. Belle, Brooke's alter ego, has taken on an almost legendary status these past few years, with nearly every major UK news organization trying to out her. She succeed in concealing her identity for so long thanks to a number of safeguards -- among them false e-mail accounts, false businesses setup to accept payments, and most fall, lying to friends and family.

To say that Belle inspired my career choice as a gigolo would be inaccurate. She did, however, inspire me to write about it like she did. After reading Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl, I was floored. I'd been working as an escort for a few months at that point, with no plans to post my adventures on the web.

Brooke changed that.

Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to have Brooke comment on my blog on Twitter -- praise that really means a lot to me.

So, does this mean I am one of few anonymous escorts left? Well, I think it's safe to say I'm one of few (if any) men chronicling their professional lives, that's for damn sure.

Unfortunately, seeing Brooke reveal herself only makes me want to share my real name even more -- but I can't. Much as I want to, or think I even need to, I can't. That secret is safe for now.

And now I will stop typing, before I began writing cryptic clues that will inevitably get me into trouble...
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