Trophy wife


Trophy wife

A trophy wife is commonly used to describe any wife who is considered a status symbol.

The term trophy wife was coined by Julie Connelly, a senior editor of Fortune magazine, in a cover story in the issue of Aug. 28, 1989 [cite news |url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F06E6DA1031F932A35756C0A962958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all |title=ON LANGUAGE; Trophy Wife|first=William|last=Safire|date=1994-05-01] and immediately entered the language. Although it often has a pejorative spin, the term originally meant the second (or third) wife of a corporate titan, who was younger, beautiful and—equally important—accomplished in her own right.cite news |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/08/fashion/08JERI.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&ref=style&adxnnlx=1183813261-CulpeVBIBDF0pKqUm/hieQ&oref=slogin&oref=slogin |title=Will Her Face Determine His Fortune?|first=Susan |last=Saulny|publisher="The New York Times" |date=(2007-07-08) | accessdate=2007-10-25]

The marriage of former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith to oil magnate, J. Howard Marshall, was widely followed by the U.S. media, as an extreme example, [Roy, Amit. [http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070704/asp/nation/story_8013804.asp "Padma walks out, but some ‘trophy wives’ have stayed the course"] , "The Telegraph, India" (2007-07-04).] as at the time of their marriage: he was 89 years old and she was 26.

Some sources claim the term was coined earlier (for example the Online Etymology Dictionary cites 1984 [" [http://etymonline.com/?search=trop Online Etymology Dictionary] "] ) but that seems incorrect. The Oxford English Dictionary confirms Aug 28, 1989 as its first use. [Oxford English Dictionary Addition Series 1997 http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50258704/50258704se14?single=1&query_type=word&queryword=trophy+wife&first=1&max_to_show=10&hilite=50258704se14]

ee also

* Boy toy
* Gold digger

References

External links

* [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1292834.ece Alpha males forsake the trophy wife] , article in the Sunday Times (UK), stating that "Academics say they have found the first evidence that successful British males increasingly prefer a spouse with a high-powered job to one who stays at home with the children."


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