Can I hold that for ya, Miss?
This is a very common problem. Some women find it useful to be holding something in their hand when they first meet a new guy, to help get the conversation started.
You know, something the guy will have to comment on. Do you have anything like that?
Yes! I love my picture of Lenin!
Okay, yes I guess a wallet-size photo of a former Beatle could be a conversation starter.
That’s not exactly what I had in mind. Now, you take this photo on the left, of a fashion model holding something…
I see. And you think that would help me start conversations with men?
Yes. Trust me, even if they are recently deceased.
Above: A model holds a portrait of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet state, while presenting a creation by Kazakhstan designer Saltanat Baymukhamedova during Kazakhstan Fashion Week in Almaty, October 31, 2009.
Below: A model presents a creation by Baymukhamedova in Almaty, October 30, 2009.
REUTERS/photos by Shamil Zhumatov