Ian Garry and his wife Layla Machado Garry, better known as Layla Anna-Lee, recently garnered controversy due to a variety of reasons. One of the reasons for the controversy arose due to a 2012 book written by Anna-Lee. The name of the book is ‘How to be a WAG.’ The term WAG is a slang word for wives and girlfriends, particularly of elite athletes.
The controversy began with the age difference between the two. Anna-Lee is 14 years older than Ian Garry. The controversy surrounding the surname change soon followed in the couple’s lives. Post-marriage, Garry changed his surname from Garry to Machado-Garry. Machado is the maiden name of his wife. Moreover, the news of his wife’s ex, Richard Cullen, broke out. Apparently, Cullen is Ian Machado Garry’s nutritionist.
What is the profession of the wife of Ian Garry, better known as Layla Anna-Lee?
Layla Anna-Lee is a Brazilian-British television presenter. She was born to a Brazilian mother and a British father, hence the peculiar name. She is renowned for her work in sports broadcasting and children’s entertainment. In her illustrious career, she has worked for Nickelodeon, Eurosport, Sky Sports, ESPN, and BT Sports to name a few.
Interestingly, she has also authored a book called ‘How to be a WAG.’ The book is available on Amazon but has a meager 1-star rating. Nevertheless, the book is now garnering controversy 12 years after its publication. It is due to Anna-Lee’s marriage with a much younger athlete, Ian Garry. The relationship resembles what Anna-Lee wrote in the book.
What is in the controversial book, ‘How to be a WAG?’, by Layla Machado Garry?
‘How to be a WAG‘ is a guidebook written by Layla Anna-Lee, now Layla Machado Garry. The book was published on March 25, 2012, by Create Digital Publishing Ltd, a company specializing in publishing e-books and audiobooks. Interestingly, the book is only 11 pages long.
The book targets a smaller demographic of women informally called ‘Gold Diggers.’ Through the book, Anna-Lee guides aspiring ‘WAGs’ to pursue and get the life they hoped for by creating a relationship with a very rich athlete. During its publication, Anna-Lee was covering English Premier League content. Therefore, the book targeted women who wanted to become ‘WAGs’ of top footballers in England.
What instructions are given, and who is the target audience in ‘How to be a WAG?’
The book gives instructions related to diet, makeup, party lifestyle, and paparazzi engagement. The author provides in detail what diet to follow, what makeup to wear, how to party, and how to engage with paparazzi in the book. It aims to attract top footballers from the English Premier League at the time.
In 2012, Fernando Torres was a big name as a striker for Liverpool FC. He was single at the time, and he was a primary target in the book. The book promises women to be like Coleen Rooney, Cheryl Cole, and Victoria Beckham. All the aforementioned women married rich footballers Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, and David Beckham. Nevertheless, the book did not gain success at the time of publication. However, it found notoriety 12 years later.
How to be a WAG?
March 25, 2012
Coleen Rooney, Cheryl Cole, and Victoria Beckham
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