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To Catch a Predator: Mannequin Edition

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The year 1987 marked both the release of the movie “Mannequin” and the final season of the children’s program “Today’s Special,” which featured a mannequin that came to life every night and entertained kids. Obviously, both media ventures were marketed to very different demographics, but what if they had decided to cross-promote?

I think I found the answer to that question while shopping yesterday at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park. I had already passed this lingerie store’s window display once, but a closer look left me scratching my head.

Now, I have an enormous amount of respect for the creativity that goes into coming up with something that will entice people to enter a store. But I still can’t figure out why they positioned lingerie-clad female mannequins—including one arching her back while modeling a black teddy—around some kids that look like they’re ready for a day at the beach.

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In the store’s defense, I’m sure their intent was to let people know that they sell children’s clothing. But perhaps that purpose would be better served were they to make a separate window display on the other side of the store (shown above this paragraph). It would still be a bit off-putting under the word “Lingerie,” but at least the kids wouldn’t be in the thick of it.

Or perhaps the display was meant as more of a cause and effect statement. (Buy one of these = in nine months you may get one of these.)

You be the judge.