There are downsides to assuming someone else’s identity. One is potential jail time or at least a fine; another is that it’s considered a bad character trait to lie. When it comes to tricking people into thinking you’re Cindy Crawford, I would say that the only downside is having to explain where your mole went. Although that is most definitely why the makeup industry created brown waterproof liner. A little dot and you’re done.
At the Dream Downtown’s rooftop pool in a part of Manhattan that bewilders touristing pedestrians as to whether they are in Chelsea, the Meat Packing or the West Village, The 12ish Style’s Katie Sturino fooled absolutely everyone into thinking SHE was the supermodel celebrity.
“No, no,” she said as she politely waved away those coming up to her for old school pen-and-paper autographs. “Not today, sorry. I have carpel tunnel!” (She was scared of her signature being the giveaway; instead, she let them take selfies.)
That was just suit number one.
In suit number two plus blue sarong, two fellow bathing beauties mistook Sturino for Naomi Campbell. You can imagine why this was confusing! If clothes have the power to transform, swimsuits have the power to shape shift. Our girl might have laughed off Campbell’s fans, but she didn’t correct them.
Suit number three was a real mind f-you-know-what. Let me tell you: the people were talking.
Is that Monica Vitti, they mused. Pamela Anderson? David Hasselhoff? A mermaid? That mesh long-sleeved suit! That swagger! That backstroke! They could not figure it out. She simply has to be someone.
Uh, yea, she is. Herself. Add water + sunglasses and we’re all celebrities in our own right, right?
Check out the12ishstyle and follow Katie on Instagram @the12ishstyle. Special thanks to Dream Downtown for their lovely hospitality (follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook). Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis; styled by Elizabeth Tamkin.