Posted 69 days ago
Sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is hosting etiquette classes for inmates at her Florida prison as she tries to reinvent herself as a female role model, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
The disgraced socialite, 52, is serving a 20-year sentence for procuring girls for her late pedophile lover Jeffrey Epstein to degrade and abuse.
But that hasn't stopped Maxwell from preaching about women's empowerment and the need to 'maintain high moral standards' in the twice-weekly sessions for up to 40 cons.
'Taught by Mrs. Maxwell this course teaches the three principles of etiquette – focusing on respect, consideration and honesty,' reads a flyer pinned up inside the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida.
Sources at the low-security lockup say the four-week program covers everything from having good manners to how to talk, dress and carry yourself in a job interview.
Oxford-educated Maxwell also talks about emulating powerful female figures, citing her former pal Hillary Clinton's presidential bid as an example of how women can 'smash the glass ceiling'.
The course also counts towards the First Step Act, meaning inmates including drug pushers, white-collar criminals and convicted murderers can shave up to 15 days off their sentences by attending.
It's proven so popular that the notorious madam is hosting classes in both English and Spanish with the help of a Colombian inmate acting as a translator for the prison's sizable Hispanic population.
'It's less about balancing books on heads and being ladylike, and more about having confidence in yourself – how to behave and talk in a professional manner, the secrets of success in the corporate world, that sort of thing,' dished an insider.
'Miss Maxwell's message is, so what if you're a woman and a convicted felon, you're not a second class citizen. She's an unlikely role model but she's very passionate about this.'
Maxwell's course ran from December 5 to 30 and a second round of lessons has been approved by prison authorities to start soon, our source added.
In the meantime Maxwell – prisoner 02879-509 but nicknamed Max by incarcerated pals – is also teaching a yoga class as well as working in the prison library, helping the 755-strong female population pick out books and periodicals.
She's got daily access to an enviable array of sporting facilities including the 400-meter running track where DailyMail.com snapped the carefree con going for an hour-long jog in November.
Maxwell, daughter of disgraced UK newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell, was convicted in December 2021 of five counts of grooming minors for longtime confidante Epstein, who hanged himself in 2019.... (Read more)