This afternoon in DC, a rally is being held by ‘Gays for Trump,’ and its keynote address will be delivered by a Scientologist we’re very familiar with here in the Underground Bunker for her various outlandish publicity stunts — none other than ‘Princess Joy Villa.’
While we can’t help but feel some admiration for the cleverness of Joy’s latest play for attention — her ‘Make America Great Again’ dress at the Grammys — we thought it might be important to review some of her history here at the Bunker, and to reveal a new photograph of her that should put her antics into some perspective.
In the most recent issue of Impact magazine, Scientology celebrates the wealthy people who were recognized at an October celebration in England for donating the most money to the church. And on one page, there’s a photograph of all the people who this past year reached the status of “Patron Meritorious” — indicating that they’ve given at least $250,000 to the International Association of Scientologists, which is the church’s defense fund. Take a look.
Yes, over on the left, that’s Joy Villa and who was then her fiance, Danish photographer Thorsten Overgaard. Here they are more close up…
We really have to hand it to Joy the way she’s been playing Trump supporters. (And take a look at Mike Rinder’s excellent piece on her from a couple of weeks ago, when he showed that she had actually been a Bernie Sanders supporter who never expressed interest in Trump until her stunt catapulted her into the spotlight.) She’s really done her best to play down the notion that she’s really just a Scientologist with more money than sense who has been trying desperately for years to find some way to get famous. Let’s look at some of her past appearances here in the Bunker…
That’s Joy, photobombing a shot of Connor Cruise while he was in Clearwater for a backyard barbecue. And what wannabe celeb wouldn’t try their best to worm their way into the Cruise entourage!
And there was the time Joy tried to make a thing out of her bizarre snowfence dress that she wore one year to the Grammys (see photo above). This apparently didn’t really catch on fire at the time.
In the summer of 2015, Joy decided her best shot at fame might be to “train her waist” to be scarily small. Apparently this is a thing, and Joy tried very hard, for a short time, to make it happen. Yikes.
After the waist thing didn’t get her anywhere, Joy then tried vegan bodybuilding, and she really got toned up. Here she is showing off a trophy at the Celebrity Centre with Thorsten.
Joy and Thorsten then announced that their nuptials would take place on Christmas Day at Scientology’s Flag Land Base. And why not? If anything says Scientology, it’s two thetans getting hitched on the birthday of baby Jesus, who Scientology says is just a figment of the imagination. Ha.
Joy and Thorsten celebrated their union with members of the Mexico City Agami clan, who are currently building Tom Cruise his new double-penthouse in Clearwater. Keep angling, Joy, you’ll get to meet the man himself one day, we just know it!
And then of course there was the dress that suddenly made her a conservative icon and got her on InfoWars. Well, Joy, we have to hand it to you. You finally found your path to fame. Now, knock ’em dead today in DC! And don’t forget to thank L. Ron Hubbard and David Miscavige!
UPDATE: Scenes from today’s rally…
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