Would you buy something from Roxy now?
So, the founder of super cool ‘90s surfer brand Roxy was a ‘pleasure wife’ for a Saudi Arabian billionaire businessman. And my whole teenage world is askew.
Jill Dodd, a former model-turned-pleasure wife-turned-fashion designer, claimed she was part of Adnan Khashoggi’s harem. The pair entered into a whirlwind love affair adorned with lavish gifts, steamy sex and platters of indulgent food – topped off with a few lines of the best cocaine money can buy.
Khashoggi is a controversial figure. He is best known for his role in arms dealing and is believed to have enjoyed an estimated peak net worth of $4 billion in the early ‘80s. Basically, he funded wars which killed many lives, and reaped the benefits.
57-year-old Dodd appeared on Australian TV programme 60 Minutes to recall her time with the billionaire. She said her and Khashoggi first met him on the French Riviera when she was 21. After dancing together, they really hit it off
‘Suddenly, my dance partner stopped, grabbed a chair and threw it into the fire. I hurled one in too. We laughed and slammed together like two magnets, whirling around before the flames,’ she remembered.
‘Giddy and out of breath, I finally sat down. My new friend gazed into my eyes as he tenderly pushed up my sleeves and used his fingertips to write “I love you” in red on my forearm. It took me a minute to realise it was in blood. Accidentally or not, he had cut himself with a piece of glass.’
He invited her to join him on his yacht and the passion grew from there. Although Khashoggi had a legal wife, he told Dodd that according to Saudi law he was allowed 11 pleasure wives. So naturally he asked her to be one of them.
‘We would lock ourselves in a room for days and we would make love, we would eat, the chef would bring us food, we would do cocaine and sleep when we wanted and not sleep when we wanted,’ she recalled.
After two years of indulging their passions, Mr Khashoggi offered to pay for Dodd’s tuition at one of America’s top design colleges. She then used this to create her fashion brand Roxy, which was founded in 1989. Now you know that when you pull out your favourite Roxy skirt from your wardrobe, it was funded by dirty arms money.
Dodd now lives in Marin County, California, with her husband, and insisted that she was never a ‘hooker’. She fell for Khashoggi as time went by and began to find their situation uncomfortable, so the relationship ended in 1982.
‘I never forfeited my independence, ambition or creative expression when I was with Adnan and have no regrets,’ Dodd asserted.