A Belle With Brains

Get Out! That’s exactly what I said when I read that London’s Belle de Jour aka the prostitute that the successful “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” series is based on…is now working as a cancer scientist! Did you ever see the show? We did and loved it. Says The Guardian:

One of the best kept literary secrets of the decade was revealed last night when a 34-year-old research scientist, Dr Brooke Magnanti, announced she was the writer better known as call girl Belle de Jour.

The author behind the blog turned bestselling series of books detailing her secret life as a prostitute decided to come out to one of her fiercest critics, the Sunday Times columnist India Knight, after claiming anonymity had become “no fun”. “I couldn’t even go to my own book launch party,” she said.

It does appear, however, that Magnanti’s hand was forced after a former boyfriend appeared set to reveal her secret: Knight’s interview with her today refers to “an ex-boyfriend with a big mouth lurking in the background”.

Until last week, even her agent was unaware of her name. But now Magnanti, a respected specialist in developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology in a hospital research group in Bristol, has spoken of the time six years ago she worked as a £300-an-hour prostitute working through a London escort agency.

Blabbermouth boyfriend aside, I can’t say that i’m not elated that she isn’t somewhere chain-smoking in a working in a seedy diner, but rather doing something productive with her life. Not to cast a positive light on prostitution—but hopefully this gives the millions of working girls out there a little bit of hope that there is life after “The Game.”

Read the rest over at The Guardian.

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