GQ Magazine published the Vanessa Jarvis interview on June 21, 2011.
Victoria, or Tori, is a madam. Her company Lady Companions was started because she saw a niche in the industry through a series of events and chance meetings and decided to start an international elite escort introduction service agency.
Why did you start Lady Companions?
It was kind of like everything that had happened to me in my past suddenly made sense and I realised it was all to prepare me for Lady Companions. I embraced my impossibly high standards and combined all of my previous personal and business experiences into a business that I really didn’t feel was like work for me, I loved doing and was very passionate about. I’ve always been driven by this over whelming desire to be the first at something and do it with excellence, to be a pioneer in my chosen industry also helped. My folks would prefer it if I applied myself to something more acceptable to current society though.
Do you come from an adult industry background?
So what were you doing before this?
I am an entrepreneur; some of the businesses I have owned in the past: Insurance Brokerage, Recruitment Company, Coffee Shop and a beauty product range. Nothing excites me more than what I currently own and operate.
Are you a madame?
I am referred to as many things, “Madame” is one that I do adore and enjoy as it shocks the hell of people when I meet them and refer to myself as one, but basically I am just a glorified booking agent.
Is what your girls are doing prostitution?
Lady Companions is referral service only. We facilitate the introduction of two or more consenting adults for the sole purpose of companionship. The exchange of money is only for time and discreet companionship. Anything other than this is by personal choice between adults of legal age.
You say that your lady companions are available on an out-call basis only to a five star hotel or executive residence. If I’ve paid for service then why cant a Lady Companion meet me at a Formula One hotel or the flat that I share with my mate Dave?
You have got to be joking! What is special in that? We have standards gentlemen! My clients would never stay at the Formula one or share a flat. It’s first class/five star all the way both ways. I ensure an exceptional experience for both parties. The environment has to be conducive to this.
What are the distinct differences between a high-class or elite female companion and a regular escort?
If you are just looking for a fuck, then phone up a regular escort for your hour appointment at R1000 from the Sextrader and take your chances. They work on quantity not quality business model. An elite female companion offering a girlfriend experience is in a different class and offers a completely different service. They only do a few select dates a month. They have lives, responsibilities, social lives, day jobs, run their own businesses or are at university etc. With an elite companion you get exclusivity, companionship, conversation and entertainment.
Your services also include the hiring of personal jets, helicopters, private yachts, villas and cars. Do your clients often make use of these additional add ons?
Yes, especially for the famous “Rock Star” evenings/weekends that I put together for them.
How have you managed to build up such an impressive fleet?
The old fashioned way honey… hard graft.
Tell us about your clients.
They are discerning gentlemen and couples of exceptional style and taste who only want the very best. They also happen to include politicians, celebrities, sportsmen, professionals, captains of industries and a prince or two.
How do they find you?
Mainly I am referred by existing clients to their friends. My website is also very popular.
And your girls, what criteria must they meet?
Beauty, elegance, erudition, educational standing and career accomplishments are preliminary decisive factors in hiring. Each companion’s character, sensuality, personality, allure, ability to create a desirable atmosphere, interests, family background and career success must be deemed suitable.
What does the average date cost?
I have different categories but anything between 10-20 k for 3 hours (min booking) and 20–35k for an overnight. Weekends away are between 40–70k.
Divorce celebration and erotic wake-up calls are just two services that I’ve never experienced. How important is it to be flexible, open to suggestion and offer bespoke packages?
You must be able to bend over backwards. I am addicted to the excitement and thrills of the experiences that I create. I love making people happy and now I get to do it every day in my special way.
Discretion is absolutely key in the Luxury Companion business. For this reason Jarvis has used the aliases "Miss Tess", "Victoria", and "Tori" in the past. As Jarvis has retired, she is willing to share information from her illustrious past. The team at the BEST GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE would like to preserve history and honour the pioneer of the modern Girlfriend Experience.
The original article can be found here: Vanessa Jarvis interview by GQ