News, but not the serious kind
She’s choking! Save the shoes!
Blog Guy, I’m dating a fashion model…
Hey, that must be neat.
It is, but I worry. She eats so little, and sometimes a raisin or a pea will go down the wrong way and she starts to choke.
So I figure I should learn that lifesaving Heimlich Maneuver.
Okay, first, you don’t want to use the standard Heimlich on her. You need the Size Zero Heimlich.
I didn’t know there was another one.
Yes. The normal Heimlich would never work on today’s slender, wispy models. You’d break them in half like a twig.
This photo shows the one developed for models and used at fashion shows around the world.
You just feel around until you locate the bean or grain of rice or whatever, and a gentle tap will send it back up.
Thanks! I’m glad I asked you before I made a huge mistake! By the way, while the model is getting the Heimlich in this photo, what is that other person doing down at the bottom?
Oh, she’s removing the model’s shoes.
Ah, so that’s also part of the process?
Yeah, standard procedure. If the Heimlich fails and the model doesn’t make it, there’s no sense wasting an expensive pair of designer shoes…
A model is dressed backstage before the presentation of the Julien Macdonald 2010 Autumn/Winter collection during London Fashion Week, February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett