What the hell is my hand doing up here?
There it is again.
The lady in the photo above is Jimena Navarrete, who was crowned Miss Universe just a couple of days ago. The one on the right is another contestant, Miss Brazil.
Both of them are doing this wacky glam pose that I guess somebody thought was sexy 100 years ago, and it just never went away.
You know the one I mean, where a woman puts one hand behind her head for no apparent reason whatsoever?
Somebody help me out here. Apart from picking head lice out of her scalp, which for all I know may be how the pose began, what possible reason is there for that hand to be there?
My basic working theory, based on no research whatsoever, is that there is a spot in a female’s skull which, when pressure is applied, cuts off all thought waves and allows her to appear totally mindless.
Before somebody accuses me of being sexist, it’s just that I’ve never, ever seen a guy pose like this. If I did, I’d certainly steer clear of him.
I find it depressing, like a throwback to an era when vacuous was considered a turn-on in a woman.
I like to think we’ve moved on from there, haven’t we?
It’s okay, Jimena, you don’t have to press that spot anymore, so put your hand down and just be yourself. Jimena? Oh Jimena?
Top: Miss Universe Jimena Navarrete of Mexico poses for photographers after winning the Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas, August 24, 2010. REUTERS/Matt Petit/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP/Handout
Right: Miss Brazil Debora Lyra poses in Las Vegas, August 20, 2010. REUTERS/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP/Handout
Left: Betty Grable publicity pin-up photo, a long time ago…