The stunning Lola

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The story started around 2½ years ago (probably by summer 2018, I believe). My good friend Mimi was telling me that she would like to find a nice female mannequin to put in her bedroom as a decoration. We have been modifyng and crafting figurines since several years and the idea of a figurine of life like stature would be an excellent idea as trough the years we had started with the tiny 1/25 scale figurine (as we call them in the scale modelers field). As I am the one who introduced this passion to Mimi over 12 years ago, we have been working on bigger and bigger scales, passing from 1/25 to 1/16 for a short period, then going hier on the 1/12 scale, then to the 1/8 shortly enough. A few years back, when I discovered the ”dolls” (still figurines in my opinion) from Integrity Toys (I hate the fact that they call so beautiful figures ”Toys”). Very expensive ”Toys” for grown kids, in a very fact. So, because of that Mimi and I skipped to modify and craft figurines into this 1/6 scale. Integrity also produced some stunning 16 inch ”dolls” said to be by many into the 1/5 scale area. As a scale modeler, I work on precise scales and it is not rare that I use machinist precision measuring tools to be as precise as possible when I work on a particular scale. Of course, figurine of a human being, an animal, a tree could be into some various and close scales and could be taller or shorter depending on the scale you decide it will suit. When it comes to let say, a specific car model mass produced by a certain car maker, the car itself must be the thing that determine the exact scale where you want to place all the different items in the diorama that you are building. If you decide to craft many other objects and they are not faithfull copies (generic items) of an object that is in existence in our 1:1 scale (life like or full scale as they say), you can vary the dimentions a bit as far as they don’t look out of proportions for the intended scale.

 

So back to the story of Lola, as I was visiting Mimi, I took her second computer and went to look on Kijiji for a female mannequin. During my searches I showed her a few of them that I thought were acceptable for her project. She was busy doing something else, I don’t remember what. Then I fell on this very special female mannequin. The woman copy had a wig with short hair, it was dressed, had a nice looking face. Surprisingly, she was not standing up, but instead, she had her 2 legs lying on the floor, her 2 hands were also on the ground, but the rest of her body was mostly standing up, her head straight up. The pose was amazing, really unconventionnal. I called Mimi to grab her attention and asked her to come and look at my find. We looked at her and discussed of what she could become with a bit of work. I contacted the lady who was selling her. She was a professional hair dresser, a business woman and she owned a couple of hair dressing stores. She told me over the line that many people were interested. Another lady was begging her to wait that her husband would come back from work to go and buy the beauty. She told her ”First come, first served”. Another one wanted to bargain the price or wanted her to wait that she could find the rest of the amount. She told me a bit of the story about the mannequin. She had bought it years ago from a man who had bought the mannequin when the high end Eaton store closed, in downtown Montréal. The beauty was lying beind the tall glasses on Ste-Catherine Street, where it is surrounded by sky scrapers. Ste-Catherine is constantly a very crowded street, probably the most of all Montréal. Eaton stores were renound for selling quality items and nevertheless, their mannequins were of high end too. The lady told me that the guy who sold it to her had paid around $1,200 for the female statue, if her memory was correct. She was selling it for $250. ”NOT LESS”.

 

As I was on the phone with her, I told her that I was not going to try to offer lower than what she expected. I had the money and I was ready to leave for her place in the next minutes. I told her ”You are in the west end and I am in ”RDP”, in the east end, I guess the time to reach your place by highways, and streets, I believe that it will take me approximately one hour to be there… depending if I hit some trafic jam somewhere. I’ll be there, I am leaving very soon, I have the money in my wallet”.

 

When I arrived at her place, she lived in a beautiful loft. The façade was made of tall and wide commercial glasses. Store glasses, as you may call them. I could see a hair dresser chair, a sink where they wash hair of people. 2 enormous posters of a guy and a girl, each of them 4 feet wide by 8 feet tall on a wall around 12 feet high. Black and white retro style pictures of young peoples with nice hairstyles. It was a very nice decor. Behind the tall glass, I saw that the beauty of mannequin was lying on a carpet, on the floor. This lady had a good taste, everything around was nice and clean. When I came inside, I met the woman. She was relatively young and nice looking. She asked me if my name was Florent, I said ”Yes, I am the one”. I looked at the mannequin. She had the stature of a tall woman, she was huge but very well shaped. If she would be standing up, she would probably fit in the 6 feet tall range, or a little more, plus her high heels.

I found her so beautiful that I have been tempted to buy her for myself. I had enough money of my own. I just would had to give back the money that Mimi gave me before I left. We made a bit of chit-chat, I gave the money to the lady, she gave me a receipt, then we had to dismantle the statuesque girl. She showed me where the joints were and how to twist them and I carried her in parts. My truck was just in front of the window and  I installed the babe in the back of my seat, in the extended cab of my vehicle, on some blankets. I was very happy that I have been the lucky guy who grabbed her before other ones came by. The girl told me that on my way to her place, some other people had called and were interested to buy the full size figurine. Even when I was there and had just boutht the girly, somedody called. She answered ”I just sold her, the guy is taking her in his truck at the moment”. Lucky I was, this day, just on time. The lady used to call her ”Lola” because she told me that she looks like a young comedian / actress who was playing in a kind of french-canadian soap opera in the 90s, here in Montréal.

 

When I finally arried at Mimi’s, she was very surprised when she saw the lifelike, big format figurine. Would we build anything like that one day?

Her too was surprised to see how she was wide and tall. On pictures, we never know exactly the real dimensions of an item. She is not a ”Long tall Sally” style woman. She is very well proportioned, not skinny at all.

 

I told the story, the origin of the name ”Lola” to Mimi, so she kept calling her of the same name.

She remembered the comedian, and I think, the name of the show, not me. I was not listening to these kinds of things. She made researches and found pictures and even vintage videos of the kind of soap opera for young adults. It is true enough that she was looking alike the mannequin… or vice-versa.

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The above picture is the only one that we have of the plastic, full scale girl when we got her. She had this dark wig and a stylished kind of crown of hair on top of her head, for sure made by the professionnal hairstylist who owned it and sold it to us. The outfit, shoes and jewelleries were part of the deal… but we replaced everything.

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Mimi did not like so much her makeup, she has repainted even the balls of her eyes to enhance her beauty. Even her toes are well done. She is not a low quality mannequin. Mimi painted her toe nails also, the same color as her fingernails and her new lips color.

 

The mannequin has a little piercing on her right hand side nostril, and a tiny golden ring in the in the very small hole, so she looks like a modern young woman. She had this already when I went to buy her. I am not sure but I think that the lady made the modification herself, if I recall proprely.

Mimi bought some fake long nails and installed them on her fingers, then she filed them and painted them. She also embellished her with some of her own jewelleries. She bought 2 or 3 other wigs for her, some more clothes and high heel shoes. This is funny to go to some stores like Value Village or the Salvation Army and buy outfits for a mannequin, just like for a real person.  Lately, I found a red hair wig, with long hair. It is in a bag in my truck. I told Mimi and she can’t wait to see it on Lola. This is not the one on the last picture. The wig is still in my truck. I wonder who was the maker of this mannequin. Anybody would know?

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If you click on the picture to make it full scale you will see the piercing and the thin golden ring on her right nostril.

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The beautiful Lola decided to try another hairstyle and color… but as soon as she made the change, she came across something else and fell in love with the following style!

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