Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Who is Michelle Leslie?

Michelle Leslie, veiled Six months ago I would have had no idea who Michelle Leslie was, even though she's from Adelaide, but now... Now a very well known, gorgeous and full-of-potential supermodel.

We've seen dozens upon dozens of blog posts and news article on Leslie since she was first arrested in Bali for drug offences, especially about her "changing faces" or as Sarah put it from nude to prude (and almost back again). At this point, however, I'm simply awestruck by what a rocket-boost this whole kerfuffle means for her career! She's probably actually gained far more out of this whole thing than lost.

She's now hotter than hot property as a model, everyone knows her name, and if I was running a modelling company I'd be extremely keen to hire her.

It seems that many Aussies admire the smart and careful way in which she handled her arrest and court case. Certainly, if I was Leslie I would have worn the most loose and covering clothes possible to help ensure the judges wouldn't be distracted by my appearance. And if she justified that by explaining she'd converted to Islam, then good for her because it seemed to get her off. It's just smart. So I doubt many Aussies are going think less of her over this or even of her partying with two ecstasy tablets in her handbag.

Michelle Leslie, unveiled So, now that she's gotten off with scant 3 months in prison (little more than the duration of her court case, which seems to have been assisted by her embarrassing connection to an Indonesian politician), what are the downsides for Leslie? A criminal record in Indonesia? Tut-tutting because she was using drugs? A slightly offended Aussie Muslim community possibly (although that seems unlikely)? All minor in the face of the boost this must have given her profile and career. Overall I think Leslie and her managers come out on top. Just wait for the confirmations of how much is being paid for her "story" by the media... If I was her I'd be smiling too!

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Blogger sevfive said...

The comparisons between Corby & Leslie are significant when looking at how the trials in Bali played out over the months.

The Schapelle case was a clear example of how not to act in a foreign country. For starters, you don't get a sideshow lawyer who would rather be sleeping with reporters rather than answering their questions. You also keep your family from slinging abuse at the judge during the case. It's clear to me Corby's sister needs some weed to keep her calm!

Leslie's trial was completely different. Her family was no where to be seen & Michelle rarely played to the cameras, except in the infamous burka which was obviously planned.

Overall, Leslie respected the Indonesian culture. Whether, it was genuine or merely a ploy it doesn't matter! Nicely played!

November 24, 2005 9:22 am  
Blogger Anthony said...

Yeah. How damn lucky is she...! I didn't follow the Leslie events very closely, but what I really liked about her was the way she didn't answer the media's barrage of questions. She stood and smiled. She kept smiling through the pushing and shoving of security/reporters as well. I"m glad the whole things's over.

November 24, 2005 12:56 pm  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yes, she was absolutely aware of how to behave in public. She is careful to understate things in public, stay controlled and keep her emotions private. The public ends up respecting her for this regardless of the 'burqa photos' and the drugs.

November 24, 2005 1:45 pm  

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