Mannequins of Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach storefronts display some of the strangest mannequins I’ve ever seen. I find the resemblance of tourists to these mannequins uncanny. It is difficult to guess the age of many Orange County women from a frontal view – the bee-stung lips, the deer-in-the-headlights expression, tiny pinched noses, not to mention breasts that might double as mooring buoys if put to the test. Even so, there are some things plastic surgery can’t hide – the stooped figure, hands and feet, profound disappointment and unhappiness; the line between perfection and monstrous begins to blur after a certain point. I am always grateful to encounter a woman who wears her years with dignity and whose facial muscles still allow for a range of expressions, especially expressions of humor. Still a land of beautiful people, many of the Laguna locals seem to have resisted (miraculously) the influence of other Orange County cities.

These mannequins lead a secret life of puppets – one that speaks more of a cultural pandemic than anything else.

All Natural Fibers Mannequin
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea...
I'm not bad. I'm just drawn this way.
High Performance Traction Mannequin
Carotene Poisoning Mannequin
Figurehads in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Mannequins
Lactating Mannequins


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