In a land far away, and a long time ago, there lived a girl named CeCe Sutton in the city called Gotham. She awoke one day heavy with ennui, “God I wish I could be free!” She thought as she closed her computer for the day.
CeCe slumped low in her seat, on the way home from Corporate. “How I need to shake this last case! A highball might do it. But then again, maybe not.”
She hopped out of her seat at the 42nd street stop – “The Witch! The Witch of the Garment District will know what to do!”
She walked up the stairs, four stories to the top, to a sky lit room filled with paints, strewn all over the floor. Canvas rolls lined the walls, and the windows agape, blew away stale air.
“Shed your business casual at the door!” The witch called from the back. “And I will make magic of your body, mind and soul. Empower you. I’ll wash the dust of the city off your face. My brush will transform you, dear CeCe.”
CeCe stepped out of shadows, and the witch held her hand. “Dont be scared. My paint will release your secret-self. The self you think you are when you are alone in your thoughts. You might not even know who that is yet, but you’ll see!”
BAM!!WHAM! KAPOW! As the paint hit Cece’s skin, smoke filled the air, there was blinding white light, and then darkness.
And out of the darkness, a Phoenix arose.
“How do you feel CeCe?”the Witch of The District asked. ”I am GOTHAM GIRL. Priestess of Passion. Empowerer of Empires. Muse to the mighty. The creative fire burns inside of me. Taxis will flock to my feet as I approach curbs. Restaurants will hold tables in my honor. Subway crowds will split as I rescue one Gothamite at a time from the doldrums of their life, one blog post at a time.”
“Hahaha, little one! Getting ahead of your self now aren’t we? My dear, the war paint wears off, the transcendence will fade. But you can always come back for more paint, and hey, maybe I would like a partner! Together we will bring art and inspiration to all!”
To be continued…
The inspiration behind this post: If you’ve been reading, you can trace my line of thought and see how I put together this idea. Post A + Post B + Post C = Post D. Courtney is beautiful, plus she’s a pretty awesome photographer in her own right, so she was an ideal buddy for this project! As we were editing down the photos last night, we came up with the idea of Gotham Girl. I really do believe in the transformative power of fashion, and now I totally understand the concept of war paint. Not to mention that there are studies that show that certain postures- a double fist pumped YEA! Hands on the hips, chin in the air- just assuming these postures of dominance for 2 minutes will literally boost testosterone levels and build confidence. These poses will make you FEEL more powerful, even if you are just faking it. (Read about that HERE) It’s no wonder then that by the end of the photo shoot Courtney was giving me full on Helmut Newton meets Spiderman. We loved working together, and had a blast! I hope you like the post, it was ridiculously fun and empowering for both of us! Head to Gotham Girl (AKA Courtney’s) blog for her side of the story HERE! Gotham Girl is wearing Alexander Wang Shoes HERE, and a Lenny Niemeyer Suit HERE.