Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mimi's Mannequin: Photographic Evidence

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.


Anonymous said...

You have the funniest childhood stories. She would have scared the living daylight out of me.

Carolyn Lackey said...

Thanks so much!!!


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