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NYC’s 5-star cuddler provides “a much needed service” says dating coach Valerie Baber

There’s only room for one five-star cuddler in Empire City.

Her name is Lisa VanArsdale and the 27-year-old is on top of the paid companion chain in New York. No one cuddles better according to her lone five-star rating with The Snuggle Buddies service. Actor Taye Diggs even made an appointment with her last year.

VanArsdale’s services are admirable to Valerie Baber, sexuality writer and dating coach.

“There’s really something to it. I have learned in various aspects of my career…there is a great need for intimacy and connection,” Baber said. “Sex or relationships alone aren’t getting [what] we crave so much…people need intimacy, they want touch, they want companionship. I think it’s wonderful she’s giving them an outlet for that.”

NY Post reported VanArsdale’s services hit an upsurge during the holiday season with the companion accumulating about 15 requests in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

As a former escort for Emperor’s Club in New York Baber says she’s not sure if she’s brave enough to do what VanArsdale is doing.

“I wouldn’t be able to layup all night with a stranger…I’m a terrible cuddler,” Baber laughed. “She’s brave for providing a much needed service.

“There’s an ultimate revolution. It could be a catalyst for change.”

By Gino Terrell

This article originally appeared in MCXV, January 2, 2017.


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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