Famous Courtesans in History, a Series

The list of courtesans known for leaving their marks in society delves deep into the pages of history. These great women of pleasure used their sensual charm and razor-sharp wits to accumulate power and wealth. This article is the first in a series that will talk about some of the great femme fatales in the 1800s that pepper the history of the demi-monde.

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Cora Pearl

Born Emma Elizabeth Crouch, Cora was the daughter of cellist and composer Frederick Nicholls Crouch. At the ripe age of approximately twenty, her very first encounter with a man was not one to which she consented. It is believed that this abrupt initiation left her with a certain disdain for men and marked her as one of the most unfeeling of the great courtesans. Cora only loved men for what they could do for her. Living in France, she progressed rapidly through the echelons of European aristocracy and had an affair with Prince Napoleon that lasted for years. With her vast accumulation of wealth, she purchased luxurious apartments that were lavishly decorated and threw decadent parties. But her opulent lifestyle did not last. With the fall of the Second Empire came an end to her power and she died in poverty.


Esther Guimond

Esther was a courtesan who held incredible influence over the press and politics of her time. She surrounded herself with only the wealthiest of suitors and regularly entertained notable writers and influential politicians. Esther became known for her intellect and sharp wit. Her influence continued into her old age.

Leonide LeBlanc

A famous French actress of the Second Empire, Leonide became known as Mademoiselle Maximum through her lust for luxury and excess. Her most famous suitor was Duc d’Aumale. She was a rather fickle girl with many generous suitors who never seemed to last for long. Her many charms earned her forgiveness. As much as she loved extravagance, she often made careless decisions and eventually had to downgrade her lifestyle.


Alice Ozy

BornJulie Justine Pilloy, Alice was a successful French actress but best known as a courtesan. Her gentlemen friends were notables from Paris society. Her affair with Duc d’Aumale established her though she moved on to acquire a series of affluent lovers including Théophile Gautier, Napoleon III Bonaparte and Empereur des Franҫais. Her financial shrewdness led her to retire in wealth but also in loneliness.

Marie Duplessis

Marie was born in Normandy, France as Alphonsine Rose Plessis. At the age of fifteen she moved to Paris and worked in a dress shop. A beautiful young woman, she was approached by prominent men who desired her company in private and social settings. Eventually, she became a popular courtesan, hosting a salon where politicians, writers and artists gathered for socializing. She was the mistress of Alexandre Dumas and the alleged lover of composer Franz Liszt. She was briefly married to at least two of her suitors. Demure and charming, she mixed well into respectable society and lived with abandon. She died at the young age of twenty-three of tuberculosis. Her funeral was said to have been lavish and attended by hundreds of people.

Happiness and the Art of the GFE

The art of the GFE can be compared to traits of the art of the courtisanerie. In Italy during the Renaissance, the original courtesans were known as cortigiana onesta. These cortigiana were ‘honest courtesans’ in that many were regarded as intellectuals. They were well-educated, worldly and often maintained other careers. A highly refined GFE is an independent companion with traits and characteristics similar to original courtesans.

Psychology of a GFE

There are different layers within the girl friend experience that vary from escort to escort and from culture to culture. A GFE in the truest and deepest sense hones a relationship with her client on a longer term basis. She realizes that contentment is a state of mind out of reach for some gentlemen. Therefore, his happiness becomes her focus. She specializes in all aspects that characterize a true relationship zoning in on the desires and emotional needs of her client.

Young passionate couple of escort and hobbyist holding hand
Young passionate couple of escort and hobbyist holding hand

Is the GFE fantasy or reality?

In most cases, the GFE experience offered by an independent escort is pure fantasy. She spends an hour or two or three with her client and takes him on a euphoric ride to ecstasy. At the conclusion of their engagement, they part ways and he rides a sensual high of fulfillment with memories of her for days to come. He is surrounded of satisfaction, smiling from ear to ear. The GFE experience offered by the companion or courtesan is expressed on a longer term basis. Time spent together spills into reality. She becomes more of a confidante, friend and even travel liaison. He comes to rely on her in certain ways further defining her role as his companion. She fills a void in his life, sometimes many. She completes him, bringing a sense of happiness that in some relationships can last for years. However sacrilegious this may sound to convention, his relationship with her may facilitate the continuation of his marriage and therefore the structure of his inner family.

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Hobbyist washing face with clean water and representing hygiene concept

Where is the art?

A true GFE is refined, intelligent, social, supportive and sensual. She is articulate, often bi- or multi-lingual and might have an alternate or full time career on the side. Her hygiene is impeccable and her physique at its best. Though her attributes and characteristics come natural, she harbors a strong awareness as a courtesan to constantly maintain and improve herself. She cures her image as the ideal companion for upscale gentlemen who seek the company of such a lady. She is sophisticated in the sense that her suitor desires to spend regular and lengthy amounts of time with her. This is because she incites normalcy in his life as the companion that she is by evening out those areas in which he lacks. She instills happiness more as a measured lifestyle rather than a short term burst of excitement. Together, they build meaningful memories. She brings meaning and satisfaction to his life.

Categorizing the Hobbyist

From our perspective, there are all sorts of hobbyists who choose to see independent escorts. Their reasons vary greatly.

They are not necessarily hobbyists though many do fit the ticket. Then of course, there are the exceptions that are not shaped by any mold. We thought it would be interesting to consider the types that City Girls encounters often.

A green nametag sticker with the words Hello I Am New for a rookie, trainee, new staff hire, newbie, beginner or apprentice
A green nametag sticker with the words Hello I Am New for a rookie, trainee, new staff hire, newbie, beginner or apprentice

New girl client

In our case, we see this gentleman often. That’s because many of the independent escorts who are a part of the CG Club fall under the guise of TOFTT (Take One for The Team). They are spectacular and come highly recommended. However, they may still be considered ‘new’ to many men in the world of adult entertainment. Perhaps more common in controlled establishments (City Girls is a private club), new girls may fall victim to the Bottom Fish Client (see below). These hobbyists may attempt to exploit the new girl and even abuse her and endanger her life. Having not been around long enough to get her ‘escort wings’, she’s finished before she’s begun. Naturally, City Girls turns their back on these types of guys. We tend to shield our independent escorts with as much knowledge and guidance as possible.

Cartoon Ball and chain. Just married man with ball and chain
Cartoon Ball and chain. Just married man with ball and chain

Married man

He chooses the company of a companion not because his marriage is happy. Most often, he and his wife co-exist in a glorified roommate situation. The marriage is loveless and totally lacks intimacy. Or, the ties that bind are financial in nature and there might be children involved in a household where divorce is unconscionable. So the marriage dwells in a hapless state. This gentleman seeks emotional, physical and psychological fulfillment from a beautiful provider. She is the best in her field offering intimacy and camaraderie in a genuine capacity. It is common for these male types to be endlessly romantic, seeking the most genuine of girl friend experiences. The lines between a professional arrangement and love relationship are sometimes blurred. While he may not fit the structured definition of a sugar daddy, the relationship may naturally flow into a hybrid version.

Beautiful woman wearing the United States flag bikini holding a football isolated over white background
Beautiful woman wearing the United States flag bikini holding a football isolated over white background

Natural asset lover

This hobbyist seeks the company of an independent escort for sport. Her physical criteria are his primary focus. While he may date only a handful of girls, he remains emotionally detached. Gratification is his main objective. He enjoys her much like he would a football game and drinking a couple of beers. Marital status does not apply.

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Fetish man

The term fetish is in a class by itself. Though we have written about the topic before, there exists a vast range of unusual interests. It could include a specific fixation on an object, body part or material facilitated by a companion who makes no claim as a fetish expert. Or, it could be a more sophisticated, psychological obsession that requires a highly specialized dominatrix.

Disguised hobbyist reviewer
Disguised hobbyist reviewer

Bottom fish client

Unfortunately, they exist. They are the ones who give the hobby a bad rap. They are the ones who will never grace the presence of City Girls’ Club of independent escorts. At the risk of sounding haughty or negative, these men may be of a belligerent nature, motivated by a desire to exploit a provider. Often, he is a woman-hater with a sketchy or unethical past. He may try to take advantage of her and in the worst case, may hurt her. Inflicting pain is not just limited to the physical. He may falsify a bad review of their encounter, knowing very well that doing so will jeopardize her career. Imposing such vengeance on the reputation of a provider can be the kiss of death and end her career. He knows this.

Businessman in classic vest against row of suits in shop
Businessman in classic vest against row of suits in shop

Perfect client

This type of gentleman is most familiar to courtesans. He seeks true companionship on a higher level. Such a courtesan is acutely aware of who she will and will not spend time with. She will turn down a client if she does not sense a genuine connection. She truly enjoys her profession and usually spends time with a handful of suitors who shower her with utmost respect, gifts and travel excursions. This man is not a hobbyist per say and his is extremely discreet. He tends to maintain his relationship for a long time, sometimes even years. They might become very close friends and he may even assist her in financial endeavors. We have heard of cases where marriage resulted.

City Girls is in no way biased toward any person

We support freedom of individuality. Every hobbyist, independent escort or sugar daddy/baby is totally unique! We recognize the good in folks and encourage that everyone practice higher ethics through virtuous behavior. Do unto others as you would have them do to you!

Many kisses, Chloe xoxo

KamaSutra: Living the Sensuous Lifestyle, Part 1

It is true that The KamaSutra is a sex manual instrumental for those who want to get it on with their partner. But it is much more than that.

The KamaSutra is not only the Hindu guide to lovemaking, but considered a masterpiece about human sexual behavioretiquette and relationships. It is the perfect point of reference for every independent escort and hobbyist who want to become connoisseurs of sensual pleasure. There are several themes that weave the fabric of The KamaSutra. Let’s take a cursory look at some of them:

Confidence prevails over sexual prowess

It is not about how good a man is at pleasing his lover but about how he can build confidence in hispartner. A man who builds confidence in his partner will make her more receptive to his advances. This is his primary responsibility when seducing his lover. Roles are reversed with regard toindependent escorts. The KamaSutra believes that courtesans (or companions) are necessary components of society to build men’s confidence (this subject will be explored in a future article).

Persistence will win a woman

The KamaSutra preaches persistence over “easy” love, natural mates and biological instinct. Whether a hobbyist or not, a man should realize that every woman requires persistent attention to break down her defenses and win her over. What better way to enhance intimacy? While viewed as discriminatory by some, learning the lessons of The KamaSutra will enable a man to get any woman he wants.

Love is a game

Winning the affection of your partner is a sort of dance, a game to be played wherein loversmanipulate each other. While a man should show off in front of his woman and pretend not to like her, he should persistently offer signs of affection to build her confidence. On the other hand, an independent escort should shower a hobbyist with attention to demonstrate that he is the only one for her as long as they are together. It is even better when her affections are natural!

The four types of love

There is love by habit, love by imagination(possibly infatuation), mutual love and love that is not categorized. The latter is considered to be the most powerful of all. I would venture to say that love by imagination characterizes someescort/hobbyist relationships in the form of intoxicating lustful infatuation.

Learn the principals that support living a sensuous lifestyle

City Girls believes that understanding the inner workings of human sexual behavior taught by The KamaSutra will ultimately enhance and enrich relationships between independent escorts and hobbyists. We can all benefit from a sense of freedom that exists when our sexuality is liberated!