Those of you who have not been formally introduced to my mom's lady mannequin, might want to refer back to my blogpost "The Closet."
As I was thumbing through old pictures a few days ago, I found her! So with out further ado, I present to you, The Mannequin.
|"I'll be your special friend, Helen."|
She was fully caucasian, but there is a strong possibility that she had been frequently sneaking out for forays to Tanfastic.
She is holding a green party dress which adds so much depth to the tableau that Mimi must have been trying to create - Rita Moreno (see picture below...there's a distinct likeness) ready for her beauty sleep after dancing the night away on some apartment building rooftop. ("I like to be in A-mare-E-KUH! No place for me like A-mare-E-KUH!")
My mom danced many a night away in the dress during the 50's. Cinched down the back with diaper pins with plastic duck clasps, it became my living room pageant dress during the 60's. I thought that it set off my olive green eyes and dishwater blonde hair quite nicely. It was the perfect dress for the talent portion of the pageant when I belted out "Whatever Lola Wants."
The dress was resurrected during the late 70's for a Chi Omega pledge dance. Pledge Lackey and I went as characters from the movie Animal House. When I opened the front door, all I could see were his legs and a ladder. (See ladder in photo background.) He was reenacting the "peeping Tom" scene from the movie. Not bad for an accounting major.
The Mannequin was a bit too "big boned" to fit into the emerald green dance dress. She was more suited for modeling flowing items of lingerie. And, Baylor t-shirts.
I've always wondered where The Mannequin ended up. And, if she's still terrifying small children and grown men.
Seriously, don't you think that The Mannequin bears a striking resemblance to Rita Moreno? Alan? He was most certainly a Donnie Osmond look alike.