The film review I wrote last month on Her Smell mentioned in an aside that two cast members, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson, are a real-life couple.
I actually did not know that until I informed my not-yet-age-30 daughter that “Cara something that starts with a D” and someone from her beloved Pretty Little Liars co-star in Her Smell, and she let this dinosaur know that Anaheim Hills-raised Benson and UK-born Delevingne (a model/singer/actress/musician/style icon with more than 42 million Instagram followers!) are girlfriends.
Well, I figured that film review would be the last time I covered the cute couple until May 30, when I received an email from Ari Suss, who had been the subject of a profile I did for the OC People 2015 issue.
The Adult Video News (AVN) Hall of Famer owns Huntington Beach-based XR LLC, which is the corporate umbrella of Extreme Restraints, the world’s largest retailer of fetish and bondage toys; Sex Toy Distributing, a wholesale division; and XR Brands, a renowned maker of niche adult toys comprised of 15 brands and 2,000 products.
Suss suggested I check out links to a couple gossip sites that featured photos of and brief write ups on Delevingne and Benson carrying a sex bench into their West Hollywood home. Why? I mean, other than … WOW!?! and I thought a potted plant was a cool house-warming gift.
Daily Mail sought an answer to the following: “It is unclear where Cara and Ashley picked up the raunchy item, but earlier they had fulfilled their domestic duties by popping into Target.”
I have not checked every gossip site to see if anyone revealed the retail outlet that serviced the couple, but I do know from where the Master Series Obedience Extreme Sex Bench originates, and it ain’t Tar-jay.
“We are the manufacturer; they may have bought it from any of our retailers,” Suss informs. “We sell it on our retail site also.”
“The Master Series Obedience Extreme Sex Bench is one of our most popular items,” adds Rebecca Weinberg, president of XR Brands. “Customers love the ability to strap down their submissive in such an accessible position at an affordable price. It is also great for giving regular massages, too!”
While you daydream over whether Delevingne and Benson are using it for massages, submissive strap downs or some new hip combination of both, I will note that you can learn more about the product here: http://www.xrbrands.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=XRB&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=AF514
Daily Mail does deserve kudos for breaking this Earth-shattering news, but my personal favorite take actually came from Garage, which suggests, “Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson’s $450 Leather Sex Bench Has Already Won #Pride, adding “And it’s only May!”
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.