Pippa Middleton is a very attractive female. Still, you wouldn't expect one of many such females in Britain to have the wide-ranging impact she does.
After making waves at the royal wedding in a tight-fitting, white bridesmaid’s dress, the world’s favorite royal-in-law is standing solo in the spotlight.
Observers say "Pippamania" has already sparked a boost to tourism to the UK, a $130 billion a year industry that’s been hit hard in recent years.
A weak dollar and subsequent drop off in American visitors, plus the global financial crisis have taken their toll. Can Pippa Middleton save the day?
New York-based travel professional and Anglophile Barbara Gillam says, in spite of these challenges, “Pippa’s aura may very well boost tourism."
If it hasn't already. From Pilates, her favorite hangouts and the designers’ outfits she’s seen in, anything associated with her garners huge buzz.
A rep for VisitEngland (dot) org says, “Royal weddings do raise the profile of English history and heritage," and "News around Pippa is very positive.”
Like foreign visitors to the U.S. in New York or L.A., “American travelers are generally interested in celebrity hot spots in the hopes of star spotting.”Films like The King’s Speech and the Harry Potter franchise, combined with Brit celebrities like Ricky Gervais, David and Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell have created a fresh round buzz for the U.K. in recent years.
But Pippa’s instantaneous popularity as a good-but-not-too-good party girl and sexy maid of honor to Kate Middleton could surpass them all, in large part because the younger Middleton adds a twinkle to Britain’s traditionally stuffy image.
Her racy photo scandal works well in this regard.
The risque photos of Pippa partying are, well, somewhat risque. But not to the degree where her reputation or the royal family's is at all sullied.
VisitBritain’s Facebook page was the 6th most “Explosive Page” on Facebook during Royal Wedding week and beyond, according to All Facebook.
Moreover, the “Pippa Middleton Arse Appreciation Society” on Facebook already counts some 150,000 followers showing their ... appreciation.