This holiday season, what do you give the gal who has everything? Well a “cowboy,” of course! These days more and more busy career women are spending some well-earned luxury ‘down time’ with gorgeous, high class male companions; charming, model handsome men who know just how to embody and realize a woman’s ultimate fantasy (read: They actually listen when you talk, they have impeccable manners, they actually appreciate your financial and professional success, as oppose to abjectly resenting your every accomplishment, and they just tend to be really, really hawt and seductive—bonus!).
Male escorts for women have become something of a cultural phenomenon, inspiring movies that include The Wedding Date and TV shows that include HBO’s Hung, the recent Satisfaction on the USA network and the upcoming television adaption of the hit movie American Gigolo. And at the forefront of the modern male companionship business is Cowboys4Angels, Garren James’ exclusive agency that serves as the inspiration for the hit Showtime television show Gigolos.
Dominic, a Miami-based companion with Cowboys4Angels, is a bit of a renaissance man; an actor and comedian who currently appears on the Internet-based comedy show Web Series, he is also a football player and retired military man. This resume, along with his muscular physique and dark-eyed Italian good looks (plus his standing resume as a four time Playgirl magazine model, former exotic dancer and romance novel convention model), alone would more than qualify him as the ideal male escort.
There’s one other thing, though, that seems to make him perfect for his chosen profession; he genuinely likes and respects women. He speaks out strongly against domestic violence and all forms of sexism, favors brains over looks when it comes to dates, and stands in favor of women’s empowerment.
“I really feel for you women,” he said. “So much of our culture is founded on sexism.”
This same theory drives Dominic’s personal philosophy in regards to his newest profession; that of being a male companion for woman. And it comes through loud and clear when he’s asked the question, “What’s your favorite part of being a companion for women?”
“It’s not about what I like,” he says. It’s important that we provide what the women like, what they enjoy.”
Apart from that very important aspect of his work, Dominic also says that he genuinely enjoys meeting and talking to people; a quality that also figures into his primary career as a dramatic and comedic actor. He hopes to do much more in this field; and presently, he’s pleased to play an important role in what he sees as a time of great progress and liberation for women—in the boardroom, the bedroom, and everywhere in between.
“This is your time as women,” he says. “You can have whatever you want.”
OK Ladies; at this point you’re probably wondering just where Garren James finds these terrific guys—so you can go there ASAP! Well Scandalous Women recently had the pleasure of interviewing James about the past, present and future of Cowboys4Angels male companionship agency.
Megan: Cowboys4Angels has established a stellar reputation as an agency that provides male companions for today’s busy woman. How long has the agency been in existence and what inspired its inception?
Richard Gere stars as Julian Kaye in American Gigolo. Kaye is a male escort in Los Angeles whose job supports his expensive taste in cars, stereophonic equipment, cocaine and clothes. He is blatantly narcissistic and superficial but takes pleasure in his work from being able to sexually satisfy women.
In the Wedding Date, Kat Ellis, played by Debra Messing, is a single New Yorker who hires a male escort to pose as her boyfriend at her sister’s wedding in order to dupe her ex-fiancé.
HBO’s Hung stars Thomas Jane as Ray Drecker, a struggling suburban Detroit high school basketball and baseball coach who resorts to male prostitution.
On the USA Network’s Satisfaction, money manager Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife Grace (Stephanie Szostak) confront their relationship and life issues when Neil discovers his wife having fucking a male escort. Neil then decides to become an escort himself, unbeknownst to his wife.
I loved the movie American Gigolo, a drama film starring Richard Gere, and wanted to make that a reality instead of just a screenplay. The plot of the film was essentially about a man being set up for murder, and that’s not quite the reality I was looking for. I really wanted to capture the quality time and compassion that Richard Geer had for his clients. In the film he is a gigolo that is blatantly narcissistic and superficial; however, you can tell he takes pleasure in his work by being able to satisfy women. In the movie, Richard Greer is able to make his clients feel free to discuss their fears and insecurities, and to get honest about discussing the life they are seemingly trapped in. Let’s just say I wanted to capture that part of the plot. Having a group of men that cared about women enough to go out of their way to make a date as romantic as possible was the main idea that I wanted to promote. At the end of that film a client of his comes to the rescue and saves him from being convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. His client cared enough for him to risk her reputation and save him from a lengthy prison sentence. It’s obvious that if he hadn’t done his job well and made her feel special enough to come to his rescue, he would have been locked away for life. That’s an incentive to all the men who work for Cowboys4Angels to always do their best. They never know the rewards it may bring!
Megan: In what ways do you feel that your agency has grown and changed since it started? Do you feel that the agency has played a pivotal role in the emerging visibility of women’s sexuality in today’s culture (as also evidenced by the success of erotic books and films geared toward women)?
Garren: When I began thinking about the concept of a male escort agency exclusively for women, I was the only company in the United States available for this service. I was extremely lucky one day to get a call from a producer of the Tyra Banks show who wanted to feature me on an episode. I explained to him that we offer companionship to women, and he thought the concept was great, so he invited me to be on the show. When I sat down for filming, the first thing they did was to show a clip of Hung, which was a popular show on HBO at that time. Tyra said the show was about a male prostitute and his pimp. She then went on to introduce me as Garren James, the real-life Hung. I sat there and everything began to move in slow motion for me. I really could not breathe. I was trying to figure out if she had called me either a prostitute or a pimp. I almost stood up and walked off the stage. I gasped for air and thought “the show must go on.” I decided to fight for what I believed in, which was the concept of my agency that I had pitched to the producers. The concept that Cowboys4Angels was selling companionship to women, a night of no strings attached fun. So I smiled and decided to stay seated and try to get my point across to the viewers.
Gigolos to the Stars
Hollywood sex secrets have a way of staying buried for years, even in the internet age. With the exception of a few juicy nuggets such as Glee’s Lea Michele dating gigolo Matthew Paetz, we may have to wait decades to find out if today’s leading actresses and singers are paying young studs for sex. But if the golden age of Hollywood and enterainment are any clue, we should assume they are.
Dickie Wells, a black dancer in the 40s and 50s, became arguably more famous for his lovemaking. Long rumored to be gigolo, his ‘clients’ included such African American legends as Billie Holiday and Hattie McDaniel. His bedroom reputation spread quickly and his services were soon in demand from dozens of Hollywood elite white actresses like Ava Gardner, Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Crawford and a young Marilyn Monroe.
Scotty Bowers was a former US marine-turned-rent-a-boy who slept with or arranged trysts for the rich and famous, running one of Hollywood’s most guarded gigolo services. His clients included Mae West, Edith Piaf, Rita Hayworth and the Duke of Windsor’s wife Wallis Simpson. During filming of Hollywood in March, Scarlett O’Hara herself Vivien Leigh booked the sexpert services of “a man… a young man.”
A common misconception of famous women paying for sex is ‘they can have any man they want for free,’ which is true. But as in most cases, women are also paying for the man to go away (and hopefully be professional and discreet) after the fun is over.
Megan: Why do you feel that more and more women these days are seeking the services of male escorts? And what qualities do they look for in companions?
Garren: I came across a TIME magazine a few years back and I think it cemented the idea in my mind on why more women were hiring men. I think it’s purely economics and the changing social trends. Here is a quote from that article… “But now there’s evidence that the ship may finally be turning around: according to a new analysis of 2,000 communities by a market research company, in 147 out of 150 of the biggest cities in the U.S., the median full-time salaries of young women are 8% higher than those of the guys in their peer group.” So we see now that women are more in control in the work force. This means they are also more in control of their dating lives. They no longer have to sit at home and wait for a man to call them and ask them out on a date. They no longer have to tolerate the bad mannered male just because he is paying.
Megan: Your website features nearly 50 gorgeous, talented men from all different areas and walks of life. Where do you find these guys?! LOL And what criteria do they have to meet to become a Cowboy companion?
Garren: I have had over 9,000 employment requests, and I only work with about 50 men currently. Judging by this, you can see I take pride in who I represent, and the agency is about quality not quantity. All my cowboys be very well-traveled, cultured, educated and most importantly, be very proficient in making a woman feel safe and relaxed. Cowboys need to be very attractive, dedicated to a top level of fitness, presentable, well-groomed, stylish, charming and desirable. Cowboys need to be confident but not arrogant, yet savvy. All need to be emotionally mature, stable and possess a genuine respect for women.
Megan: Cowboys4Angels has inspired something of a media empire, with the Showtime show Gigolos having just completed its fifth season. We also see Gigolos calendars and DVDs, and you’ve said that a new website is imminent. Please give us details about Gigolos season six, the new website, and any other new developments!
Garren: We have been very lucky to have such extensive media coverage. It’s unimaginable to me that in the past few years I have been on the Dr. Phil show, 20/20, Nightline News, NatGeo Taboo and involved with a hit TV show. I have also had countless other articles written to discuss this agency I created. All of this has been done without a publicist, a manager or mentor. Unfortunately I can’t slip any secrets out about Gigolos Season six but keep your eyes peeled on the Showtime website for updates. Also please tune in soon for the unveiling of the new remodeled Cowboys4angels website (Megan’s note: The new site has since been unveiled, and it rocks!). We may also be offering a steamy romantic book club soon with a monthly romantic tryst with a new cowboy every month!
Megan: On a personal note and on behalf of women everywhere, thank you so much for giving us Cowboys4Angels!
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My Evening With a Cowboy
One of our most scandalous ladies recently enjoyed a magical evening with a Cowboys4Angels companion. Read on to share her adventure….
My fascination with male companions sparked early in life, with my first viewing of the film American Gigolo; the Richard Gere potboiler about a sleek, gorgeous male escort that serves and satisfies the well to do women of Los Angeles. In my mind, the concept of a man trained and groomed to be the embodiment of a woman’s deepest, sexiest fantasy was very enticing indeed—not to mention the ultimate symbol of sensual and personal liberation for the modern woman.
Through the years the fantasy stayed in my mind, inspiring me to write and publish numerous erotic stories on the subject with a slight fantasy twist—my gigolo heroes usually came complete with fangs, fins and other paranormal props that even Richard Gere lacked. Then finally I took the plunge; immersing myself in the world of companions and finding one in particular that seemed to have staying power.
Abruptly, though, the fantasy fell apart; and in a way that jarred me just a bit, resulting in feelings of hurt and even—to an extent–abandonment.
Yet as my own experience in the companionship world turned sour, I continued to see a divine romantic revolution happening among my feminist sisters in the companionship world; more and more women, it seemed, were taking their pleasure in their own hands—or, more precisely, hiring beautiful, sensual, cultured men to handle their pleasure for them. Bonus! And at the forefront of this movement was a wonderful, very reputable agency called Cowboys4Angels; a rare American agency that offered upscale male companions for female patrons. It is this agency that inspired the hit Showtime show Gigolos; and this agency that I chose to make the focus of several articles for cutting edge feminist publications. And it this agency that I turned to to schedule a date with Dominic, a Miami-based companion.
I approached my date with cowboy Dominic with both excitement and just a bit of nerves; yet Dominic immediately put me at ease with his great sense of humor and friendly nature—soon I felt like I was talking to a friend (a very hot friend who was even more handsome than his profile photos–bonus!:)
I was very impressed to hear about Dominic’s experience as an actor, stand-up comic, dancer, model and athlete—-more than that, I appreciated his genuine respect for women—-and, moreover, the genuine interest he showed in my career, personality and interests.
I felt valued, cared for and appreciated in his company; and as the evening progressed I lost myself in his deep voice, dark eyes and strong presence. We enjoyed the view of a Miami sunset and deep conversation. As we got to know each other better I felt at once safe and comfortable and excited by our romantic vibe—finally sinking into his strong arms for a dream of an embrace. We continued to laugh and talk during our very enjoyable evening.
At the end of my evening with Dominic I felt so happy, revitalized and satisfied—and more eager to convey to people the value that a good companion can bring to a woman’s life experience. Far more than a cheap thrill, a quality evening with a companion can bring happiness and even healing—and now I’m definitely inspired to repeat this awesome experience sometime in the near future. Yep, looks like she’s ‘back in the saddle’…