Archive for May 19th, 2005

The Invisible Hand Gets Cheeky

More yummy NY Daily News goodness, which totally sabotages my last post…

It’s not often a gorgeous woman offers her body for sale, legally.

But that’s exactly what 21-year-old sorority girl Courtney VanDunk is selling on eBay. The 5-foot-11 Jersey stunner is auctioning off one month of ad space on her body. And so far, the highest bid is $13,100, made by a dating Web site.

VanDunk, who describes herself as “fit and gorgeous,” says she got the idea during a marketing course in college, when she realized that advertisers needed to think outside the commercial.

While VanDunk is only willing to wear a removable tattoo, she says she’ll plaster her entire body with the winning bidder’s ad and spend her days “jogging in various parks in the north New Jersey area, attending sporting events such as Yankees games and preseason Giants games (my boyfriend is a season-ticket holder) and visiting various malls.” She also will head to the Jersey Shore and the Atlantic City casinos, and she boasts about her season passes to Six Flags Great Adventure (“Standing on line is a great time to advertise!”).

“I want to make sure the company gets maximum exposure,” says VanDunk. “If I’m at the beach in a bikini, I’ll wear the ad anywhere, excluding my secrets, of course.”

So, is she a pathetic harlot exploiting her own body and setting feminism back a hundred years, or is she the embodiment (cough) of the infinitely resourceful American entrepreneurial spirit?

Also, does Mrs. Invisible Hand know about this?

2 comments May 19th, 2005 at 11:10pm Posted by Eli

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“Plastic Ain’t Fantastic”

More second-hand info via NY Daily News (hey, I have to get my NY sports news fix somewhere), this time from Allure, and it should warm Mistress LJ’s cranky heart:

Forget the extreme twigginess of the Olsen twins, the gravity-defying voluptuousness of “Desperate Housewife” Nicollette Sheridan, the Amazonian legginess of supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

To American women, the modern ideal of beauty is older, more ethnic and more unconventional, as lumpy, bumpy and real as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez and Sophia Loren.


In the nationwide survey released yesterday, 91% of women said they are “satisfied” with their looks, and 81% ranked being good at their job as more important than being attractive to others.

And despite all those beer-and-babes clichés, men, for once, seem to be on the same planet as women. Of the 1,705 people surveyed for “The Allure State of Beauty,” 66% of men said they would rather their partners skip the plastic surgery, while 49% of women said they’d never consider a cosmetic procedure, be it liposuction or a lip-filler.


  • 62% of women think their romantic partner would call them beautiful.

  • 6% of women don’t tell their partners they wax or bleach their facial hair. Only 2% keep their botox shots a secret – but 26% of men wish they didn’t know.

  • 79% of women think they look better clothed than naked.

  • 66% of men say they don’t want their partner to consider cosmetic surgery.
  • So maybe there’s hope for us yet…

    5 comments May 19th, 2005 at 10:34pm Posted by Eli

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    It’s My Midget And I’ll Blog If I Want To…

    NY Daily News reports on Guitar World’s feature on rockers’ “Spinal Tap moments”:

    “We were doing drugs in the dressing room,” says Wood, remembering a concert in the early ’80s. “Suddenly the tour manager stuck his head around the door and said, ‘The police are here!’ We all panicked and threw our drugs in the toilet.

    “Then Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland walked in.”


    Ozzy Osbourne remembers when he lost his patience with the midget Black Sabbath hired for a tour. “He showed up late, he drank….It got to me after awhile. So, one night, when he wanted to get on the tour bus, I threw him in the luggage compartment.

    Somebody grabbed me and said: ‘What you’re doing is not only illegal but it’s inhumane.’

    “I lost it. I yelled: ‘He’s my [bleeping] midget and I’ll [bleeping] do what I want with him.’ There was a silence and then a small voice emerged from the luggage compartment: ‘He’s right: I’m his midget and he can do what he wants with me.'”


    Keith Richards remembers shooting a video that called for tramps with dogs. The director thought a dog should be “weird” or “disfigured,” so “they called up some agency and the word came back ‘We can get you a lame dog by noon. Which leg would you want missing?'”

    I am sooo in the wrong business.

    1 comment May 19th, 2005 at 10:29pm Posted by Eli

    Entry Filed under: Favorites,Music,Weirdness

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