Today I got a lot of comments that I looked like a doll or like a mannequin. I suppose I have a knack for standing uncommonly still, and today I was letting myself just stare off into space while thinking of how to construct my Gadjo Disko/Halloween costume: deer antler headpiece! I have been mistaken for a mannequin in places where you usually don’t find mannequins… like the grocery store!
Here I am two years ago when I lived in Portland, Oregon. I worked part time as a living mannequin for a vintage store downtown. I posed in the window displays. When people made eye contact with me, I winked at them!
I also posed out on the sidewalk with an armless authentic. I held a dish of candy and whispered Enjoy when people took a piece. One woman yelled the loudest I’ve ever heard in real life. It was like a horror movie scream. Her friends laughed at her. The store was very close to a homeless shelter and a lot of street people would approach me and pull on my fingers to see if I was real! Oh, and people would also tip me!