It's steamy and stinky in New York, and I am feeling punchy. For a long time now, I've been your faithful career sherpa, dutifully telling you about the hottest practice areas, best firms for women's advancement, and other good stuff to help you succeed.
Well, folks—especially you, ladies—I'm about to step off the reservation. Though I usually tell women to go for the brass ring at work, brace yourself for a different type of advice.
If you're sick and tired of slaving away at a law firm (which I totally get), there is an obvious alternative career we haven't explored: trophy wife. If you've got the goods (nice body, tall—the face is secondary), why not trade in that quick ticket to a spectacular lifestyle?
Oh, I know some of you are shocked and disgusted at my suggestion. Chillax. It's summer. Let's be free and imaginative.
Why am I proposing that you ladies (though this could also pertain to men) consider this well-trodden career path? Well, Tina Brown, the ever-clever editor of The Daily Beast, has an amusing piece on what fifthy rich men look for in trophy wives these days. The news flash: Buxom bimbo babes are out! The newest crop of trophy wives, writes Brown, are accomplished women in their thirties or forties who have (or had) serious careers. In fact, some "trophies" are even a bit older—though it's critical that you are at least 25 years younger than your sugar daddy.
Still not convinced that this is the trend? Brown gives us some helpful, real-life examples:
What’s interesting about the new crop of billionaire-geezer engagements is that formerly termed “cupcakes” are out of style. Wendi Murdoch [recently estranged wife of Rupert] . . . was the harbinger of this billionaire dating trend. She has an MBA (from the Yale School of Management), and so does the next Mrs. [George] Soros, who started an Internet dietary-supplement-and-vitamin-sales company and now has developed a “Web-based yoga platform.” Leonard Lauder’s charming fiancée likewise is a businesswoman of substance [she's CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library].
Brown exclaims: "What an encouraging trend!" She adds that it could lead to "a new marital theory of Sex and Substance Overload."
Encouraging indeed—especially for all you superachievers out there who have aced your way through a highly selective college and law school and are now working unhappily at some prestigious law firm. Unlike years past, Trophywifedom is now within your reach! So rev your engines, show a little cleavage, and start chatting it up with that big honcho on the management or compensation committee. Better yet, go for the client—that balding partner at Goldman Sachs or Blackstone, or that scary octogenarian tycoon waiting in the conference room. (In case you need reminding, Rupert is now available.)
Isn't it nice to know that all that hard-earned education will finally get you a decent job?
Related post: The Rich Husband.
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