The Making of Manny

April 20, 2007 at 2:52 pm 12 comments

When faced with a creative challenge, my sister is one to rise to the occasion. There was a conference held in L.A. last winter for professional stylists and they were allowing a limited number of students to come if they entered a contest. The only requirement was that the students submit something that said something about themselves. And that was the inspiration for a life-size mannequin who became known as Manny to all who knew and loved her.


Step 1: Carve the torso from styrofoam


Step 2: Try on some fun tops and wigs


Step 3: Give Manny legs to stand on


Step 4: Freshen up the color on the wig.


Step 5: Give the skin a fresh coat of plaster, paint and makeup.


Step 6: Win the seminar registration, put Manny’s finest dress on and head to Los Angeles.


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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mike L  |  April 20, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Manny was truly disturbing. Very uncomfortable to be around, but probably had some great adventures when she came to life at night.

    Also, the head on the counter in the last picture is a little strange. What is that?

  • 2. lemare  |  April 20, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    True, Mike. The eyes on the head on the counter look real.

    Regarding taking Manny to Los Angeles… did she require her own seat on the plane?

  • 3. JL  |  April 20, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    I don’t think Homeland Security would have allowed Manny onboard. She had to be placed in a crate and shipped UPS.

    Now, the head on the counter leaves many questions in our minds.

  • 4. Judy  |  April 20, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    Manny, entity of both comic and cosmetic genius, is the bastard creation of my fourth-born. Unlike other parents with posterity of questionable descent, I am very proud to be related to Manny, proud to be her biological non-mom. Bravo to Amelia for creating this disturbing clansperson, now lost to posterity as she molders in a UPS basement dead zone of unclaimed packages. Thank goodness for the resurrection, that’s all I can say.

  • 5. Jana  |  April 21, 2007 at 8:49 am

    After hearing about this, I really couldn’t imagine how lifelike it would be; pouty lips, fake lashes, and a razer cut hairdo. Wow. How much styrofoam was required for this massive undertaking?

  • 6. Lowdogg  |  April 21, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Manny kind of freaks me out.

  • 7. lemare  |  April 21, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Judy has brought up an excellent point about her biological non-granddaughter: CAN WE SAVE MANNY?

  • 8. liz stanley  |  April 22, 2007 at 9:51 am

    wow. when i lived with amy i didn’t see this coming at the time. but looking back, i can’t say i’m surprised. manny’s spirit was alive long before her creation.

  • 9. Beverly  |  April 29, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    I would love to know the total cost of the manny project–down to the $100 audio equipment and the BCBG dress! I think the judges of the competition mugged Manny afterward and kept all the loot. There is a hair stylist out there wearing Manny’s underwear.

  • […] *Thanks to JL’s little sister for this thoughtful review of Barry’s concert. While she is prepared to defend her pro-Barry stance, she maintains that this passion is certainly less bizarre than her older sister’s preoccupation with Manny. […]

  • 11. IRF Weekly Wrap-up « In Rare Form  |  June 24, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    […] – I googled this myself just to see if other Manny Mannequin’s existed beside’s JL’s sister’s.  They do.  Even robotic mannequin’s.  The stuff nightmares are made […]

  • 12. Guest Post: Notes From The Field III « In Rare Form  |  October 16, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    […] Joe, did you think, “There goes a girl who looks like Manny?” […]


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