Very Important People
Getting bottle service in a club surrounded by leggy, stilettoed models is sort of about sex—but it’s mostly about status, explains sociologist Ashley Mears in her new book, Very Important People.
For those who don’t dabble in the Miami-Manhattan-Ibiza club circuit, Mears’ work uses ethnographic research, shadowing promoters and conducting interviews, to demystify how and why club promoters function as the link between aspiring models and wealthy clients. Mears knows this world from the inside, having embedded herself in the party circuit, trading her own attractiveness for research access.
She chronicles the subtle gradations in status present in the club ecosystem: Being a “paid girl”—a sex worker or cocktail waitress who
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