Here’s a night in the life of a famous model and TV star who has it all, sort of, kind of, not really.
Joanna Krupa was named Playboy’s “Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World.” She co-stars on “The Real Housewives of Miami.”
Before midnight Friday, she arrived at the Crazy Horse III strip club to promote the club’s fourth anniversary. She was paid probably several thousand dollars to party for four hours.
In a VIP section, she posed for photos with strippers, VIPs and anyone who asked. She was nice. She let me sit with her.
“I love watching the beautiful girls,” she told me.
We marveled at the Cirque du Soleil-esque acrobatics a stripper was pulling off on the stage pole.
“I took one pole-dancing class in L.A. and I gave up. After that class, I realized how hard it is to do everything these girls are doing. ... You have to have strong legs,” she said and laughed.
We talked about her 2014 photo calendar. She will donate 100 percent of her calendar payday to her charity, AngelsForAnimalRescue.org.
We talked about her “Real Housewives” upcoming reunion episode, the one when housewives hash out a whole season’s worth of drama in one sitting. The housewives filmed it last week.
“The reunion, I could say, was brutal,” Krupa said.
She began to stare straight ahead, as if she were reliving the drama in her head.
“It just feels like you’re put in a boxing ring and told to go fight for your success or your freedom or your victory. It’s tough,” she said. “You’ve got to say things that are on your mind, but you don’t want to hurt the other person. I hate the reunions.”
I asked if she is accustomed to people knowing everything about her, including the fact a sex therapist put her and her husband Romain Zago on a “sex calendar,” because he rarely wants to have sex with her.
She looked me in the eyes and smiled.
“Oh my god, my poor husband. He’s, like, I can’t believe you talked me into this,” Krupa said. “Yeah, unfortunately, everybody knows my business now.
“It just shows you, it doesn’t matter what you look like, how much money you have, what career you have. Everybody has the same problem.”
Her husband did not leave Miami to join her for this Vegas VIP strip club experience.
I asked her what she wanted me to tell you. She seemed more excited to answer this than anything else:
“To always think about giving back, be good to animals, and treat others the way you want to be treated. Make it a better place, because there’s too much violence in the world. If we all just get along, and we all become a better person, we can make it a better world. We’re all gonna die one day. Let’s enjoy what we have here, and treat everybody with respect. It shouldn’t be that hard, but obviously it is, because a lot of people try to backstab each other. But, one person at a time.”
We thanked each other and said bye. I walked back to my table. A few minutes later, in walked Shanna Moakler, the former Miss USA and Playmate. Moakler and Krupa said hi. Earlier, Krupa and singer Ana Cristina had shared a dance.
A few minutes after that, I saw a topless stripper sitting on Krupa’s lap. I turned away. I have seen this kind of thing before.
Doug Elfman’s column appears on Page 3A in the main section on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at email@example.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.