"Being a cartoonist," said Kominsky-Crum, "I wanted to find a way to capture this atmosphere and these fabulous women – the creators and their creations! I am fascinated by their idea of beauty and by what women are willing to do to achieve it. As a 63-year-old woman raised in the Five Towns of Nassau County on Long Island, logically I should be 'one of them,' but I was touched at age 8 by some divine intervention and was propelled in a very different direction- I became an artist/observer. Still, there’s a part of me that is curious and can identify with this 'other type' of female."
Kominsky-Crumb and Sapel set out to entirely re-imagine their body image. Donning new outfits, wigs, jewelry, nails, makeup and padding in just the right places, the two artists remade themselves in the image of a modern Miami woman.
"With this seed of an idea in my head," continued Kominsky-Crum, "I asked my cousin Ilana Arazie, whose mother is also one of Cookie’s clients, if she wanted to do a film about the beauty parlor. She was game, and I came up with a premise. I asked my French friend and art partner, Dominique Sapel, to come with me to Miami and get a total makeover at Hair Magic. Nothing would be permanent, and all of it fake: just a week as a blonde bimbo! Not having a clue as to what she was in for, Dominique was a willing and enthusiastic partner."
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