Sunday, December 3, 2023


Beautiful mannequin woman: Does she exist?

By Chuck Woodbury
I came upon this mannequin at the First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. I have taken photos of mannequins for a couple of decades, in many countries. Germany has excellent mannequins. Mostly I take photos of female versions. There are more of them, and the males aren’t usually as interesting, at least to me.

What I always wonder is if someone models for mannequins? For example, the one I have posted here on the left — does she exist in real life?

I fully admit that I am attracted to a beautiful woman. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course. I have always been attracted to women by their appearance but often even more so by their non-physical qualities. Some people just radiate a certain something that cannot be explained.

Sometimes mannequins are not only for displaying clothing. For example, the one on the right is incorporated into a mid-20th century slot machine. I was told it’s Marilyn Monroe. I found the machine at a small casino in Virginia City, Nevada, at least 30 years ago. The slot machine and mechanical ones like it are gone now, replaced by boring digital versions.

If you know a lot about mannequins, or if you have ever worked in a place where mannequins were produced, would you please leave a comment? Or if you just so happen to know who modeled for this mannequin (if there was, indeed, someone), that would be great!

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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