I just read an article at CNNGO about pretties in Thailand. It was meant to be one of those expose articles that reveals all the dirt behind the beautiful show. If you get a chance to read it you might find it interesting.
From my first hand knowledge I would say it is pretty accurate, except that there really is a bigger distinction between the different types of “pretties”. The author, Cattleya Jaruthavee, blurs things together too much. She actually classifies coyote dancers as one type of pretty. That’s not really correct. Sure, there are some coyote dancers who work as pretties, and they have pretty dancers at some of the events that do the coyote dance thing, like in the auto sound section of the Bangkok motor show at BITEC.
But a coyote dancer normally works at a night club and a pretty is a promotional model at an event. Maybe in some cases the same person does both jobs but they are two different jobs.
Also she has this other term she calls “lounge pretties” which are the girls working at bars and karaoke rooms. Um, those aren’t pretties, those girls are regular old prostitutes (usually).
The author interviews some ladies who work as pretties. She tells a sad story about one of them:
Thirty-year old Ong has been a ‘cheer beer’ pretty for five years, at a restaurant situated in a railway station. As well as having to send money home to her parents, Ong is also responsible for most of her 12-year-old daughter, in-laws’ and husband’s expenses. Her husband, she laments, is a heavy drinker and a womanizer.
That’s a sad, and common, story. What has that got to do with pretties? Let’s see if we can figure it out by looking at the author’s little bio at the bottom of the article:
Cattleya Jaruthavee is a freelance photojournalist and writer. She is particularly interested in socio-economic/political disparities occurring in the world and has several ongoing projects.
Ok, I get it. She’s looking for people who are unfairly treated and she’s going to find them one way or another. Among pretties, even? That’s a stretch from what I know first hand. There is pressure and hardship in every job and part of life. Pretties have it much, much easier than most people, just like pretty people everywhere.
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