“Kristen” v2.0

Ashley Alexandra Dupré. You know who she is. AKA “Kristen,” (NY Times online registration required), she’s the 22-year-old that brought down Governor Client 9’s administration.

Ms. Dupré, a musician, is somewhere in between aspiring and not-quite-there-yet. She may be on minute 12 of 15, but she’s not going down without a fight.

She’s certainly not the first to profit from her notoriety, but she may be the first to try to use the ever-changing schema of social media to reshape herself… and consequently, reshape the way America thinks about her.

CNN did a provocative article on Dupré (which is really no small feat, really, considering the topic) on the evolution of her MySpace page.

“It seemed she was trying to stay one step ahead of journalists, attempting to limit what information they could access. She was seemingly aware that the press would have access to her friends and every word, photo and comment on her profiles, so she began by deleting connections between her friends on Facebook,” the article says.

Dupré found herself in a predicament only Web 2.0 and social media could provide. She wanted the attention a MySpace account (and a scandal) could bring her and her career as a musician … until she realized that she didn’t want it. It was too late, though – the information was already out.

The article gives an informal timeline of all the changes on Dupré’s profiles.

“Thursday morning, the Dupré Facebook status gave the impression she wanted no part of the attention.

‘Sneaking out the back door,’ she wrote under her ‘current status.’

But as the day went on, it seemed Dupre’s feelings were changing and she might have been embracing the newfound spotlight.

The page had received more than 1,100 friend requests on Facebook. Initially, she ignored them.

By the afternoon she apparently gave in, but the feelings were short-lived.

By 2:30 p.m. Thursday the Facebook and MySpace profiles were gone, but they reappeared Friday.”

The article explained that time stamps showed “she was staying up all night cleaning up her profile and responding to critics on the Internet.”

That old adage, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”? It was written before the Internet. Yes, Dupré is probably a millionaire from all those songs she sold (not to mention all those thousands of dollars an hour she got per sexcapade), but she clearly didn’t want those NY Times journalists – and every creepy guy on the planet – salivating over her pictures.

Dupré knew she was being manipulated and exploited, and she decided to fight back and do a little bit of manipulating herself. Pretty savvy, right? Well, she might have a ways to go yet. Looks like all of the pre-Spitzer publicity just cost her a pretty chunk of change.

Ashley Alexandra Dupré: the first-ever call girl to suffer from over saturating the market.


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