- Sophia Chartreuse, now 23, moved to New York when she was 19 and penniless
- She decided to become a professional dater so she could enjoy the Big Apple
- Started with awkward coffee dates but soon progressed to flash nights out
- Chartreuse used a fake name but says she ended up making 'not so fake friends'
A young woman has opened up about how she made nearly $15,000 (around £12,000) in one year - simply by having dinner with lonely men twice her age.
Professional dater Sophia Chartreuse, 23, from Portland, Oregon, moved to New York when she was just 20 but hated the fact that she couldn't see the best of the Big Apple without blowing her already small budget.
When a friend revealed that she had begun dating men who were looking for companionship in exchange for money, Chartreuse decided to sign up to the website - and didn't look back.
Purely platonic: Sophia Chartreuse, now 23, from Portland, Oregon used a dating site where men offered her money to take her out on dates. She decided to sign up to be a 'professional dater' to help fund an expensive lifestyle after moving to New York
The brunette admits that she realised that she couldn't enjoy the Big Apple in the way she wanted to and that getting paid $100 to spend an evening in a lavish restaurant let her have fun and earn a living
An average date night would bring home $100 (£80) as well as a lavish meal, with one generous gent even paying $300 (£240) for the privilege of spending time in Chartreuse's company.
Far from being worried about meeting strangers for money, she says she was curious and dates soon progressed from cafe meetings to glamorous nights out.
She explains: 'My friend told me about it and I had to try it out. I was curious, impulsive and had champagne taste but a beer budget.'
Chartreuse continues: 'Also, I was in New York and felt like I couldn't afford to really experience the city.'
While dates were initially embarrassing, Chartreuse soon found herself more confident and able to hold conversations easily with the men paying for the dates.
She says: 'I remember being really awkward about it at first. I was 20 and trying to make an impression on people double my age, it really tested my social skills.'
Chartreuse started out on awkward dates in coffee shops but soon progressed to more glamorous nights out. Right: the slim 23-year-old say being a professional dater saw her earn enough money to pay for a deposit on an apartment
Introverted: Dates were difficult at first but Chartreuse soon found her social skills and went on a 'ton of dates', and is still in touch with some of the people she met
'I'm fairly introverted and generally not that good with people, and doing this really forced me out of my shell which was cool.'
The dates soon got 'more adventurous' and Chartreuse says she ended up going on 'a ton' of them.
Sophia explains how daters on whatsyourprice.com offer women cash to take them on the first date.
She said: 'Well the site is set up so people send you offers. Usually somewhere between $50 and $200 with the average being $100. The highest offer I received that actually panned out was $300.'
'Crazy': While now single and no longer 'dating', Chartreuse says she doesn't regret her years of going on dates
Wide-eyed and ready to party: A 19-year-old Chartreuse on her first days in New York
The wealthy benefactor turned out to be a 'business guy visiting New York and just not wanting to go out alone.'
Sophia said the money allowed her to save money for a deposit on an apartment, as well as finance a fast-paced lifestyle living in the expensive city.
Although Sophia is currently single, she says she was surprised to find that she made friends with some of the people she wined and dined with.
She added: 'Even though it was kind of superficial, it got me through and kept me entertained.
'I still talk to a handful of the people I met on there, it's kind of crazy. I went into it with like a fake name and everything and ended up with some not so fake friends.'
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