I recently read a blog post written by another foreigner living in China, in which he made some observations about mannequins. I can’t remember which bog it was now, but I’ll spend some time looking through the usual suspects and post a link here as soon as I find it again. What I do remember is that he wrote something about the mannequins in China not looking Asian. Could that be true? I have to admit I had never really thought about it much but I was skeptical, thinking surely there must be mannequins with Asian features! So, camera in hand, I took a walk around the neighborhood, one laowai dummy looking for some others. Here’s a sampling of what I found …
UPDATE: I did find the original post at kuluyi. 堪大陆毅。
There were a lot of “boy-band” looking pop-star kinda’ guys. That makes sense, I hear The Back Street Boys and NSYNC nearly everyday here.
I am not usually into blondes but this was the hottest mannequin in the neighborhood. She definitely had a bit of an attitude. I tried my best material and she didn’t even crack a smile. I mean she just stood there like a freakin’ statue or someth … oh … yeah.
The Hot Blonde
One thing about it, mannequins make great subjects for photography. They usually have strong features, are interestingly lit and they don’t move! This cat was all jaw-line. “Zoolander-ish”.
I found some African mannequins, as well as some alien looking dummies, but alas not one Asian. I can’t quite fathom why this is really. I mean, you know these things have to had been manufactured here in China.
I don’t know why I find all this so odd. Maybe it’s because in a city of 1.5 million or so, there are only around 200 non-Asian faces!
Of course there is nothing scientific about my research, it is after all, just a small sample from my neighborhood. Still, I am obsessed intrigued! The search is on, I’ll be keeping an eye out for my Asian mannequin. Updates to come I am sure, so exciting!
Yes I know what some of you are thinking. It’s true. I am often bored and haven’t enough to do so I am easily amused. .