She wanted it, she was yet to find it and she couldn’t do it the normal way.
And then she apparently found it.
It was with Stu, the heir to a $500 million publican throne and a father-of-four. She came, she saw, she got what she came for. (Ahem.)
So what the hell happens now?
Unlike the Bachelorettes and Bachelors that have come before her, Sophie Monk came into the experience with a career already well-hashed in the public eye. The others came from a base of relative anonymity, leveraging off the attention the show can bring and finding a place for their careers to stand a little taller because of it.
Consider Tim Robards launching the Robards Method soon after his appearance on the show. Or Sam Wood’s 28 By Sam Wood. Sam Frost’s radio-come-acting career. Georgia Love’s appearances on Studio 10.
Everyone bar Blake Garvey – who still, while we’re here, used his fame to star in a car ad with the slogan, “Don’t pick the wrong one!!” – and Richie Strahan have used their fame for the furthering of their careers. And rightly so, too.
But when you’ve already got a career in the public eye, and then side-step that career to go on a dating show, where to from here?
There’s no doubt the nature of Sophie Monk’s fame has changed since she arrived on our Bachelorette screens two months ago. For one, her Instagram following has grown exponentially – from 151,000 in January to, at last count, 434,000. She has been repeatedly been referred to as Australia’s “darling” and it would be no exaggeration to claim she is the most talked about woman in the country right about now.
What’s interesting here is how she now capitalise – makes money – off the impact she’s had on our news cycle and national conversation.
You could feasibly argue there’s space for Monk now to go back into our music scene, given she’s now come full circle – making her initial mark on reality TV and the re-birth of her brand on the same platform.