trophy wife


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trophy wife

A young woman, usually a second wife, who is married for her extreme attractiveness and/or accomplishments, which her wealthy and powerful husband wants to show off as a winner might display a trophy. The term may have been coined earlier but became popular after it appeared in Fortune, where Julie Connelly wrote, “Powerful men are beginning to demand trophy wives” (Aug. 28, 1989). It is now a cliché.
See also: wife
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"The term trophy wife often depicts one image -- a younger woman clutching on to an older man.
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Marcus Webb, as the arrogant businessman, and Emily Outred, as his unhappy trophy wife, valiantly ignored the distraction of the book in their captor's hand to deliver convincing performances as the increasingly discomforted pair whose marital house of cards steadily disintegrates as suspicions are confirmed and secrets revealed.
A parallel story unfolds that concerns a narcissistic man, married to a trophy wife and enjoying a highly upscale life.