Trophy wives. The expression can be ingested as a bit of an insult to both parties involved. It is however the way of the world. Men of fame and power oftentimes enjoy the perks of their perceived power. One of those perks happens to be attractive women. Some women have a tendency to migrate towards men with money and stature. It’s as inevitable as the birds flying south for the winter. If a man has a lot of money and celebrity status, the women will come. Just look at when professional athletes and celebrities host house parties. It looks like a rap video with scores of beautiful women as far as the eyes can see.
Certainly, this stereotype will never go away as long as certain types of women who are looking for celebrity status and a life of luxury are around. It isn’t a new concept. History is ripe with “sugar daddy’s” and trophy wives. The idea that an attractive young pretty girl can get a big leg up on life by attaching herself and dedicating herself to a rich older man is an age old story. Older men often like pretty younger women and pretty younger women like money. It’s difficult to gage who is more at fault for this process: the older man with money who wants a pretty young toy to hang on his arm, or, the attractive woman who uses her body to get a financial leg up in life at the expense of true love.
For the most part, we don’t really care. But we do like to see the absurdity of an older troll with a young hottie. So here are the 12 Celebrities With The Hottest Trophy Wives.
12. Coco With Some Ice-T
Nicole “Coco” Marrow was a young aspiring dancer/actress when she met actor/rapper Ice-T. With her curvy figure, Marrow was modeling lingerie and swimsuits which drew the attention of Playboy. She worked for the company for less than a year, working events and parties at the famed Playboy Mansion. Ice-T clearly saw something in Marrow (or really liked staring at her boobs). Despite their 21-year age difference, that hasn’t stopped them from expanding their family. They recently had a child together (smart Coco, if things go south, you get the alimony and child support). They have been featured in reality shows together and Coco has admitted she enjoys being “a slave” to her husband. Well, okay then.
11. Jessica Seinfeld – Sein-language
Jessica Sklar was returning from a three-week amazing honeymoon in Italy with her husband Eric Nederlander, a theater producer, when she met Jerry Seinfeld at the Reebok Sports Club in late 1998. Sklar later claimed that she and her husband were going through issues. It’s a tough sell, but either way, Sklar and Seinfeld began their journey together and a year later they were married. This scenario is what we like to call: The Trade Up. On a side note, they carry a measly 17-year age difference.
10. Elin Nordegren – Formerly Mrs. Woods
Well, some trophy wives can suffer a rough fate. In fact, many of them, providing they are with younger aged men, end up on the wrong end of the trophy scandal. Nordegren was a beautiful Swedish former nanny when she ran into Tiger Woods. She was a nanny for Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. Parnevik used to say there was a line of professional golfers who wanted to meet and date Nordegren. Eventually, Woods won her hand. Of course now we know the infamous golf club incident and Woods’ propensity for prostitutes and beautiful women. It is a good lesson for trophy wives: never date young men. Too young is no good. Gotta shoot for the men in their 50s ladies. They wander less.
9. Vanessa Bryant – Staying Power
When Kobe Bryant was launching up to NBA stardom, a young girl caught his eye – as in a 17-year-old girl. Kobe was only 21 at the time but was smitten with the high schooler, Vanessa Laine. Laine was a back-up dancer and sought a model/actress/dancer gig in Hollywood. The two dated and he quickly moved to propose to her just six months after their first date. Kobe apparently moved fast on and off the court. But after Bryant’s admitted indiscretions, Laine filed for divorce in 2011. A little over a year later, they called off the divorce. Again, Vanessa, the handbook says you need to get the man a little older.
8. Wendi Deng – “Newsie’
One of the hallmarks of being a successful trophy wife is not being the first one to the party. It’s true. The actual “Trophy Wife (TW) Guidelines” calls for the young aspiring TW to come swooping in after the wealthy man is already settled in with someone else. This is exactly the case with Wendi Deng and news mogul Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch’s second wife couldn’t stop Deng (who was working for a News Corp. subsidiary at the time) from shaking her goods for the big boss. She bagged her man and they got married. They had nearly a 40-year age difference and then problems started to arise (shocking). Sadly, Deng got tired of the much older Murdoch and reportedly went flocking for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Awkward. Murdoch filed immediately for divorce.
7. Carla Bruni – French Kiss
Bruni is one of those women who moved around the entertainment industry as an actress/singer/model searching for success. As is the common theme with a good trophy wife, you need to hang around the money-men long enough to get recognized and land the gig. It’s simple networking. Bruni had failed relationships with such music legends as Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger. But in 2008 she finally hit the jackpot with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. With only a 13-year spread, their ages aren’t that far apart. Sarkozy had been married twice before and got divorced from his second wife, Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz in October 2007. It was only a month after Sarkozy and his second wife separated that he supposedly met and fell for Bruni (seems like a quick turnaround). They have been together ever since. Bruni scores points on the trophy wife playbook for not being the first one to the party.
6. Kayte Walsh – The Doctor Is In
Kelsey Grammer has played many successful roles in his life, including Doctor Frasier Crane from the hit shows Cheers and Frasier. He also is well known as a man who likes beautiful young women. He has been married four times; the fourth with a sexy former flight attendant named Kayte Walsh. With previous marriages to a Playboy model and an exotic dancer under his belt, Grammer clearly enjoys the female form. His relationship with Walsh was made official with the announcement that she was pregnant. Only problem is Grammer was still married to his third wife at the time. Super awkward. The affair ended his third marriage. They got divorced February 10, 2011, two weeks before Grammer got married for the fourth time to Walsh.
5. Penny Lancaster-Stewart – Rock Fetish
Rod Stewart is a rock legend. Thus, we can hardly blame Penny Lancaster for wanting a piece of the well-known ladies man. They, as is normal with trophy wives, have a significant age difference. The 26-year spread is the first thing that catches your eye. Lancaster was a British model and photographer when she came across Stewart. Stewart, enjoying the view, offered Lancaster the opportunity to take photos of him while he was on tour. In 2005, Lancaster gave birth to their first child together (Stewart’s 7th). They finally tied the knot in 2007 and had a second child in 2011. Stewart was coincidentally married two times prior to Lancaster, the second of which was to Rachel Hunter. Hunter was married to Stewart from 1990 to 2006. Quick math: Stewart meets Lancaster in 1999. They hang together. She has baby in 2005. Hunter and Stewart finally divorce in 2006. By the way, Stewart and Hunter did “officially” separate in 1999, the exact time Lancaster and Stewart were traveling around together. I’ll leave those facts to the imagination.
4. Alice Kim – Moonstruck
Alice Kim was one of the many attractive waitresses who worked in Los Angeles. That is when she ran into actor Nicolas Cage. Cage was just coming off the divorce of his second marriage to wife Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley. It took a 18 months to finalize a divorce to their 100-day marriage in 2004. To celebrate the divorce, Cage got married two months later to Kim. On a side note, Kim and Cage had a son who they named Kal-El (after Superman’s birth name).
3. Shawn Southwick – Good To Be The King
When you get involved with Larry King, you better be prepared to walk down the aisle. King has been married 8 times. He was only 7 marriages in when he met Shawn Southwick. There is a 25-year spread on their age difference and, amazingly, when Larry King made his first television appearance in 1957, it was the same year Southwick was born. King met Southwick as he exited Tiffany’s and she was entering. The beautiful blonde caught his eye and he went back inside. In 2010, they filed for divorce but then stopped the proceedings.
2. Georgina Chapman – To The Max
What’s a 24 years in age difference? If you’re Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, nothing really to care about. As the head of Miramaxè first marriage came to a close in 2004, he was dating Chapman, not coincidentally, in 2004 as well. The small time beautiful British actress wasn’t finding much success in the film business. Enter big time producer Weinstein. Chapman not only gained an incredible powerful husband, but also has managed to launch a fashion design company (coincidentally in 2004 when she supposedly first started dating Weinstein) and has had much success since. Chapman’s film struggles have also come to an end with her getting the gig to judge Project Runway: All Stars. It appears the actress who was only known for being an extra became a star right after she began her relationship and subsequent marriage to Weinstein. Well done. That’s Trophy Wife 101 for ya.
1. Melania Knauss – “You’re Hired!”
A quarter-century age difference seems to be the common thread between many wealthy celebrities and their trophy wives. Twenty-four years is the magic number for the age difference between Melania Trump and The Donald. It won’t be shocking that Melania Knauss was a model prior to meeting and marrying Donald Trump. Knauss moved to New York in 1996. Two years later, Knauss ran into Trump at a Fashion Week party. Again, my calculator comes out as Trump was married to Marla Maples at the time. Trump and Maple’s marriage was from 1993-1999. Eesh. We have overlap! So, Trump met the beautiful Knauss while married to Maples. His marriage to Maples ended a year later and Trump’s relationship to the beautiful model went public. They have since gotten married and spawned children.