It was a life story that enraptured the nation – a devout Christian turned s*x worker who slept with 10,000 men before she left the escort industry for good has made startling revelations about her former job.
According to Dailymail, Gwyneth Montenegro is lifting the veil behind a job that afforded her designer clothes, nice cars, and trips around the world and now teaching women how to understand the opposite s*x and what men really want.
Gwyneth, now 39, first got paid for s*x at the age of 21. It was three years after a horrific gang rape that completely changed the course of her life.
Just 18 at the time, Gwyneth was out at a club when her drink was drugged. She believes anywhere from six to eight men raped her that night.
The experience turned upside down the world of the Christian teen who had been saving herself for marriage.
Gwyneth suddenly felt worthless. Her old dreams and aspirations were thrown out the window and she instead joined the table top industry a year later.
Although she felt she had already ‘crossed a line’ by becoming a stripper, Gwyneth still describes the first time she was paid for sex as being ‘totally surreal’.
‘Once you’ve been paid for sex once, you can’t take that back,’ she told News.com.au.
‘I just found I was able to compartmentalise and switch my feelings off, because I already felt dirty.’
Gwyneth would stay in the industry for 12 years, unable to give up the thousands of dollars that kept pouring in and the perks of beautiful clothes and trips. She was paid $500 to $1,000 an hour to have sex with well-known lawyers, politicians and musicians and flown to exotic places like Bora Bora.
‘The money was why I stayed for so long,’ Gwyneth told Daily Mail Australia in 2014. ‘It was like a drug – it let me fly around the world.’
To ease her guilt over being an escort, Gwyneth then blew the ‘thousands and thousands’ of dollars she earned on a new car and clothes.
As she moved up the escort world, her clients were becoming richer and richer. One multi-millionaire even introduced Gwyneth to cocaine in her early twenties.
‘It was a lifestyle of cocaine, speed and French champagne,’ she recalled.
But it was also a lifestyle that gave Gwyneth a deep insight into what men really want from women as they confided in her about their desires and relationships. Gwyneth found that most of her clients actually didn’t want ‘hardcore kinky sex’ or a chance to live out ‘sick fantasies’.
The sex was ‘normal’, but the escort found that many men felt ‘more validated’ in their own masculinity after they had sex with her.
‘I don’t want to be so brazen as to just blame feminism for this. However, I think there is a part to play where men do feel emasculated,’ Gwyneth told News.com.au.
Gwyneth believes that men no longer know how to navigate a world where they’re scared to open a door for a woman.
She found that many of her clients sought out escorts because they felt emasculated in their actual relationships.
‘They don’t know what it is to be a man anymore. They’ve lost their way,’ she added.
Gwyneth found that much of her job involved just talking to men, although she found there were some clients who liked the feeling of owning her for a bit.
‘They get an intense delight out of controlling women. They get more of a kick out of feeling like they control you, than they do off the actual sex,’ she told the site.
Although Gwyneth had no ‘horror stories’ to tell about her time as an escort, she found it hard to leave the industry. She became a fully-licensed commercial pilot at the age of 29 and found a new job doing scenic tours. But Gwyneth fell back into the sex industry once more when she was diagnosed with kidney failure and could no longer get medical approval to keep her license.
It wasn’t until the age of 33 that she finally retired once and for all and instead became trained in neuro-linguistic programming, a type of psychotherapy.
Gwyneth then found fame when she wrote the story of her life in the book 10,000 Men and Counting, which was released in 2014. The former escort found writing the book to be a therapeutic experience, one she said helped her discover her true self as the ‘girl next door’.
‘I’m fairly introverted and conservative,’ Gwyneth told Daily Mail Australia at the time. ‘I’m the last person my friends ever expected to have lived that kind of life.’
Gwyneth said she hoped that her book would shatter the preconceptions people hold of sex workers and show the world that they’re ‘human beings’ too.
But Gwyneth also hoped her book would stop anyone who was considering joining her former world.
‘If I can change one person from making that decision then I would have done something good, something meaningful and that would mean a lot to me,’ she said.