Wednesday, June 07, 2006

"Zombie, Zombie, Zomb-bay, hay, hay"

When I was a 13 year old girl, I didn't appreciate the aggressive marketing that every makeup and clothing company wanted to press on me. I looked at the models in the photos a lot, but instead of wistfully wishing I looked just like them, I imagined what they would look like as predatory zombies. I found endless mirth in erasing out their eyes and drawing scars and swastikas on them; blacking out their teeth; writing editorial comments about the copy, and adding fangs whereever possible. How did this affect my adult years? Well, I rarely use hairspray and take fashion cues from whatever messed up things I find in the Goodwill. You can say I'm a bonafide, Gen-X Madison Avenue Failure. So here, advertisers, I raise your 1991-1992 campaigns from the dead.


jesse said...

I probably wouldn't have been allowed to play with you as a kid.

Celia Pleete said...

You wouldn't have been the first one with that problem!!