Friday, April 30, 2010

ALEJANDRA CAMPOVERDI glided around the rooftop lounge of the W Hotel. Wearing a slouchy backless black dress and fingering her champagne flute, she slipped among the crowd who had gathered on a Saturday night in September to celebrate her 30th birthday. Her boss, Mona Sutphen, the White House deputy chief of staff for policy, was there. So were Jon Favreau and some of his colleagues from the White House speechwriting and press offices. They mixed with Campoverdi’s friends from California and some of her former classmates from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. The assistants for Norman Eisen, the White House ethics adviser; Jim Messina, a deputy chief of staff; and Larry Summers, the director of the National Economic Council, took a group picture with Campoverdi when the lights came on. And over by the bar? “There’s Secret Service and World Bank,” Campo verdi said, pausing to consider. “You have a little bit of everything.”

Campoverdi had just started her job in the West Wing after the inauguration when Gawker, the gossip blog, posted old pictures of her posing in Maxim and offered an equally tantalizing piece of gossip: The “Maxim babe” was dating the “hottie” speechwriter Jon Favreau. Gawker and other blogs turned the benign tidbit into a story and began speculating on her personal life. (She and Favreau remain friends, though the two are no longer dating.) Campoverdi had modeled to pay for college — print campaigns for Paul Mitchell and Kasil Jeans, a commercial for Pepsi, a 2004 shoot for Maxim — and after the Gawker posts went viral, the men’s magazine included her on its “Hot 100” list for 2009, along with Michelle Obama.

Source: www.nytimes.com

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