NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - NY Post reporter Amber Jamieson wanted to learn first hand what it was like working as one of the controversial painted ladies in Times Square. Jamieson stripped down to underwear and wore body paint to cover her chest as she posed for pictures with tourists.
“It was an amazing experience. It was not at all what I thought it would be,” said Jamieson.
Last Wednesday afternoon, Jamieson approached a man in charge of managing the women and asked if she could work for the day. The man, 'Chris,' was reluctant at first, but eventually agreed.
"He was a complete lifesaver. He was skeptical at first, asking 'what is it that you want?' But I managed to convince him. He said, 'this is very much on your terms," said Jamieson.
As for the other women, those at the center of the controversy, Jamieson says she received lots of encouragement.
Despite the campaign to get rid of them for, what critiques say is contributing to a growing 'seedines' at the Crossroads of the World, Jamieson says the costumed characters were more of a problem.
"The costumed characters were often more aggressive," said Jamieson.
After seven hours of work, the undercover reported made $286. The amount was rounded to $300 and 'Chris,' the manager, was given 30 percent.