I was initially on the fence when it came to the whole Hunky Dory debate about sexism -- ie 'exploiting' women to sell a brand -- blah, blah, blah. Gorgeous girls will always help sell a product and I've never thought that there is any harm in that -- in my Fantasy Island moments I, like most women, sometimes wish I had the face and the figure to do so. But at the end of the day I'll settle for being plain old Dee O'Keeffe from Knocklyon who works for the Herald. It's not a bad gig.
What made me consider the issue more seriously was a further story that was in the papers last week. I don't know for sure if it's true or not but, apparently, Irish model Georgia Salpa has attracted some undue attention from online fans. One man has supposedly got her name tattooed on his arm. They've never met.
Georgie makes her living from promoting various products while wearing lingerie.
And that's fine -- the girl (who by the way no sane woman ever wants to be in a picture with as she's so freakishly beautifu) is entitled to make her living in this way. Morally, legally -- anyway you care to look at this situation -- she's impeccable. She has in no way done anything wrong. At all.
Yet, her heightened profile and popularity now appears to be making her popular amongst fans who get to look at her pictures in the papers.
And this is why my 'on the fence' approach is now crumbling. Georgia is making an honest living but, if I was her big sister the emergence of these over-enthusiastic fans would make me unhappy.
In the words of Lord Byron: "What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little."
As the Americans say: "Go figure."