Friday, June 26, 2020

the last book I ever read (The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, excerpt eight)

from The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump by Mary Jordan:

Zampolli told me that he met Donald Trump before Melania came to the United States. He was typically vague about the details. By the time Melania arrived in New York, Zampolli was already doing Trump-like work in courting the gossip writers at the New York Post’s Page Six. He would tip off reporters to celebrities at parties and then often appear in the newspaper photos next to them. He saw how Trump would use lavish parties, head-turning models, and outlandish stunts to get press attention and realized it could work for him, too. By my count, Zampolli has had more than one hundred twenty Page Six mentions since 1996.

In 1998, Playboy magazine named Trump and Zampolli two of “New York’s Top 10 Playboys.” These were ten men who the magazine believed “personify life, liberty and the pursuit of dreams.” It was quite a list, including Derek Jeter, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and a Tribeca hotel owner who rented rooms to models only.

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