Ashley Dupre deserves some credit for turning her notoriety as Eliot Spitzer’s favorite lady of the night into a full-scale career. First, there was her pop song “What We Want,” which blogs hailed as “not half bad.” Then came her reality TV show deal, and her turn as a model at NY Fashion Week. Now, Ashley is showing off her writing chops. The New York Post has given her a weekly column called “Ask Ashley,” which reminds us of the genius advice column with Spencer Pratt that appeared in Radar for the few issues before it folded. Not only did Ashley rock glasses and a button-down shirt in her author photo—no more bikinis for this classy girl. But, uh, Ashley’s advice is actually shockingly astute. Read the excerpts after the jump. To a woman who worries her daughter is getting into trouble:
Most teenagers do stupid things. What were you doing when you were a teenager? For a long time I was actually an honor-roll student and a great kid. I respected my parents and my elders. Things really changed for me when my brother ran away when he was 15 and my parents were terrified that the same thing would happen to me, so they were incredibly strict with me … and that caused me to rebel and go the opposite way. If your daughter is getting good grades, shows you respect and has a good head on her shoulders, give her room to go out, grow and make mistakes.
For a woman wondering if there are tell-tale signs that a husband is cheating:
Guys are primal. They’re proud and need to be treated like they’re proud and special. Girlfriends do that for the most part. But I think that wives with children have so much pressure on them, the natural thing is for the kids to take priority. Ask yourself, when was the last time you did something to make your husband feel loved, special and appreciated … and if you can’t remember, then that’s your sign right there.
For a woman whose boyfriend wants to know how many people she’s slept with:
You don’t give him an answer at all. It’s like you asking him how many lap dances he’s gotten in his life. You know you’ve each slept with people in the past. It’s part of being an adult and has nothing to do with your relationship now and your possible future together.
You tell ‘em, Ash.