If you're feeling sad and lonely, then you should definitely pay this woman for an hour of her services. Oh, no! It's not what you think! She's a part of the ever growing snuggling industry and she's raking in lots of profit in exchange for some serious cuddle time.
The Girl Who SnugglesNY Post
Sex trade has been around since the beginning of time, but now you can use your money wisely to get a more "platonic" kind of service. Meet Lisa VanArsdale, the biggest star in the snuggling business.
Platonic And TherapeuticDaily Entertainment News
She works for "Snuggle Buddies," a professional cuddling service that lonely hearts can hire to get exactly what the company's name stands for.
She's The Top Rated SnugglerDaily Entertainment News
“I just f*cking love cuddling,” she said of her sessions with lonely men. “Plus, the money is good.”
Who Hires Her Services?NY Post
Her clients are usually men between 40 and 60 who, in her words, “have a hard time finding companionship organically and lack human connection and touch.”
Her Clients Are On The RiseTime And Date
“I saw a huge increase in clientele right after Thanksgiving,” she said. “One reason is that Christmas is a time of year to spend with family, and if you don’t have that, it can be very lonely.”
Sex Is Not Part Of The PlanNY Post
Lisa meets her clients in hotels, but the service only involves cuddling. “I always size them up over the phone first to see if they’re looking for more than just cuddling.”
Wined And DinedNY Post
Some men, however, get to take her on dates. Recently one guy took her to a Cuban restaurant. They walked around the Christmas market at Columbus Circle and then went to the hotel to snuggle all night.
How Much Does It Cost?NY Post
She charges her clients $330 for an all-night session of cuddling. In the "Snuggle Buddies" website you can see that they charge $80/hour. They also offer phone sessions for $60 per hour. Not too shabby!
High ProfileDaily Entertainment News
As ingenious as it may sound, this practice isn't free of controversy. Lisa met with Private Practice actor Taye Diggs for one of these sessions of cuddling and then she accused him of cheating on his girlfriend! Online news site Daily Entertainment News claims "Lisa VanArsdale says Diggs not only offered her drugs but also thought she would be down to have sex with him." The site also alleges that "the late night session of snuggling lasted about four hours. Lisa VanArsdale allowed him to kiss her and stayed overnight but did not charge Diggs."
It's A Much Needed ServiceThe Urban Dater
Clients are more than willing to use this service and with good reason. “I needed comfort after a breakup I had and was feeling very lonely,” one client told her. Another married client shared that “he loves his wife, and they have great sex, but she never just wants to lay and be with him.”