My boyfriend has taught me a lot about privacy,” Kim Kardashian told DuJour magazine earlier this year, in a cover interview that accompanied her pregnant bikini photoshoot. “I’m ready to be a little less open about some things, like my relationships. I’m realizing everyone doesn’t need to know everything. I’m shifting my priorities.”
Pause for a moment to let that really sink in.
Then please refer to Exhibit A: a photo that Kim posted on Instagram about seven hours ago. Spoiler alert: If you’ve ever wanted to see every contour of the reality star’s famous butt, unshackled by the pesky millimeter of fabric that just barely hides it from view on a normal day — well, then today is your day, my friend: kimkardashian
The world’s oldest profession met the world’s youngest currency as escort agency Passion VIP announced it now accepts payment for its adult companionship services in bitcoin. First Bitcoin Escort Agency is located in the second most populous British city (after London), Passion VIP is hoping the introduction of bitcoin payments will open up a new market by giving clients an alternative payment method. Passion VIP (birminghamescorts.co.uk, site NSFW) told us,
We felt there were probably a lot of people out there who had Bitcoins and no way to really enjoy spending them. Accepting bitcoins seemed an obvious extension of our own interest in the currency.
Bitcoin is called the currency of the Internet: it is a new, peer-to-peer exchanged, decentralized electronic form of cash that can also be described as a “cryptocurrency.”
It is independent of any central authority, and bitcoins can be transferred through a computer or smartphone without an intermediate financial institution. In a recent announcement, the plucky UK escort service added bitcoin transactions to its online pre-payment menu.
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Customers can now order up the companionship they desire and pay in bitcoin on Passion VIP’s website. Clients simply contact the agency’s receptionist to say they want to pay with bitcoin, confirm the booking times, and then send payment via Passion VIP’s bitcoin address (Passion VIP’s cryptographic public key) on its NSFW Bitcoin Escorts page. Its “Bitcoin Escorts” page also has a handy scannable QR code if clients want to speed up the transaction. The page also includes basic information about bitcoin transactions and links for people who want to learn more, or open an account. The savvy UK adult business explained,
Clients who already hold bitcoins can use them immediately. Those who aren’t familiar with the currency will find information on our website on how to buy and trade in bitcoins.
Once the client’s payment is processed, Passion VIP calls the client back with a confirmation and the date is set – with no one worrying about payment, theft or counterfeit on either side of the transaction. The workers also can’t be forced to return the money even if under duress. It could also make it difficult for police to prove that sex was had as a result of a financial transaction. Additionally, with Bitcoin, clients don’t run the risk of an odd-looking transaction from a foreign country appearing on their credit card bills. In this business model, it stands to reason that Bitcoin could make high-risk work such as escorting less dangerous and more businesslike. Passion VIP told ZDNet,
There are several advantages for both escorts and clients. For clients the advantage is that it is totally anonymous. You could argue that cash is anonymous too, but not in the same way. For the escorts it’s an easy an anonymous way to accept payment and unlike credit cards there are no chargebacks, which have been a huge problem for escorts and agencies in the past. It also means that escorts are not handling large amounts of cash, reducing the risk of theft or robbery. Few personal details are exchanged when using Bitcoins; it’s simple and efficient and a safe method of payment.
Passion VIP has a stable of fit male and female companionship workers, all available for in-house services or outcall visits – but the service is careful to state on its website, “Please note that this is not an offer for prostitution. Money exchanged is for time and companionship only.” In the UK, the exchange of sexual services for money is legal – but public soliciting and owning or managing a brothel are crimes. For ordinary payment by cash or card, each Passion VIP escort has different rates on their individual profile pages. Bitcoin rates are higher. The agency’s bitcoin rates list two separate categories distinguishing premium companionship from standard, with higher rates for more exclusive companions. The cost for one hour of a “Standard” lady’s time is 2.5 BTC, 90 minutes is 3.75 BTC, a dinner date is 5 BTC, an overnight will cost you 14 BTC, and additional hours are 2 BTC each. One hour of an “Elite” lady’s time is 2.75 BTC, 90 minutes is 4.75 BTC, a dinner date is 5.25 BTC, an overnight will cost you 15 BTC, and additional hours are 2.25 BTC each. At current Bitcoin exchange rates, that puts an hour with Standard companionship at $309.75 (£192.62), and $340.72 (£211.88) for one hour of Elite time. In domestic currency, Passion VIP’s Katarina is £150/hour, Mike is £120/hour, whereas Elite Alannah is £160. And with one bitcoin exchanging for 1 = $123.9 (£77.05), asking an Elite to spend the night will run a steep $1858.50. Like sex work and similar forms of paid companionship, the Bitcoin currency is controversial for a number of reasons. Both share an unstable market, covert operation and the need for relative anonymity, and neither are widely accepted as “legitimate” in their categories (work and currency, respectively). However, bitcoin is a lot younger than the “oldest profession” – the protocol was created in 2008 and the currency’s network was in 2009.
Lifetime’s new biopic about the fashion empire behind Gianni and Donatella is exactly as melodramatic as one would expect. A look at the most outrageous parts.
Lifetime premiered its latest biopic, House of Versace based on Deborah Ball’s book, House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival, on Saturday night. In typical Lifetime fashion, the movie’s plot is melodramatic, outrageous, and leaves audiences with utter regret over the hour and 30 minutes they’ve lost from their lives. Even the real House of Versace publicly disassociated itself from the project. “Versace has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace,” the Italian company told Women’s Wear Daily.
The flick tells of the fashion family’s trials and tribulations: Gianni Versace’s murder, Donatella (played by Gina Gershon) nearly bankrupting the brand, her notorious drug abuse, and other moments of sheer dysfunction.
It’s a brilliantly ridiculous saga. Here’s a look at the seven craziest moments from the movie.
It’s obvious that Donatella and her late brother Gianni were close, but Lifetime depicts their relationship in a strange way. The two gaze into each other’s eyes and for a brief moment the audience waits for a passionate makeout sesh—until we remember, hey, that would be incest. While other parts of the film highlight their co-dependency in both private and professional lives, in this scene, Lifetime gives the impression that they’re more than brother and sister.
Long before the numerous arguments between Donatella and Allegra begin, the two are shown having a post-shopping, mother-daughter bonding walk. It captures Donatella’s inherent je ne sais quoi, as the two strut past a pair of women who stare at her outrageous daytime ensemble: a one-sleeved, red and black printed mini-dress. Donatella balks at the staring women, “It’s Versace, ladies. Why don’t you go by the store? Your husband would be happy!”
The film focuses on Donatella’s drug use and “partying” ways from the minute the cameras start to roll. In one uncomfortable scene, Donatella is depicted chatting and snorting cocaine in a nightclub, while her husband is grinding in the background with another woman. It’s awkward, a bit sad, and a definite warning sign of how their relationship will progress.
Channeling her grief over Gianni’s death into anger, Donatella goes on a rampage toward the company’s staff. In an altercation with the lead designer—who is also having difficulty coping with the loss of Gianni—Donatella snaps and fires him. A shocking moment for the employees (and the audience), it commences Donatella’s new seemingly dominant reign of power.
In an awkward and painful scene, it becomes evident that Donatella’s mental state is fragile, as is her relationship with her children. While she and daughter Allegra watch the funeral of Princess Diana (a close friend of the Versace family) on television, Donatella flips out with a rant about paparazzi, shattering a wine glass on the chandelier and frightening her daughter.
Donatella officially cracks. Staff members have been fired, shoes have been thrown, and drugs have been ingested. When her brother and business partner Santo Versace tells Donatella that the company is failing, she throws down a “poor pitiful me” act, which includes pills, alcohol, and an overwhelming amount of cocaine.
At Allegra’s 18th birthday, the family finally confronts Donatella about her drug usage. Straight out of an episode of Intervention, family members express their sadness and anger about Donatella’s behavior. In a shocking moment, Santo even tells Donatella, “I wish you died with Gianni.” Way harsh.
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