Chloe Ayling, the model who was allegedly drugged and kidnapped for six days in Italy, has apparently turned her back on topless modelling in favour of pursuing a new career.
Ayling, 20, will instead become an anti-human trafficking campaigner, according to staff at a new celebrity talent agency which has signed her up.
A spokesman for Kruger Cowne – a London-based company with clients including Lily Cole, Alan Sugar and Cher – said her experience “made her reconsider her career and personal goals.”
Here is the statement in full:
Following her recent horrendous experiences, Chloe has joined Kruger Cowne exclusively for commercial representation and guidance.
This has been a life-changing time for Chloe, which has made her reconsider her career and personal goals. With Kruger Cowne’s support Chloe is looking to develop a new career which will include sharing her incredible story and the experiences gained from this terrible ordeal and building from this to champion an “Human Trafficking Awareness” campaign.
Kruger Cowne’s main business is arranging appearances for their clients on panels, at conferences and as after-dinner speakers.
Prices on their website range from £5,000 to £20,000 per event, though the highest-profile stars have no listed figures and would likely be significantly more.
In a statement to Business Insider, the agency said Ayling’s career will now focus on “sharing her incredible story.”
The announcement is another unusual twist in her tale, which has come under increasing scrutiny in the days since she returned from Italy.
In the past days, the Daily Mail and Daily Star newspapers have openly speculated that she was involved (there is no evidence for this claim). The Sun published a list of 16 “troubling questions” it said must be answered.
Business Insider also highlighted inconsistencies in the story on Tuesday, including apparent attempts by her alleged kidnapper to contact the tabloid press two days after she said she was taken.
Her lawyer has insisted that Ayling’s story is genuine.