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Aug '09

The Naked Cowgirl: Working the streets as a tacky icon

Do the peace sign and the middle finger cancel each other out?

Do the peace sign and the middle finger cancel each other out?

SUBMITTED BY: Ilya Mirman    LOCATION: Times Square, New York (2009)

When the chain restaurants, Ferris wheels and wax museums replaced the strippers during the Rudy Giuliani administration, Times Square became just another mall, albeit with much tougher parking.

How refreshing, then, to stumble across Ms. Naked Cowgirl, a gregarious grandmotherly figure who’ll bite your head off if you dare photograph her cleavage without paying her $2 fee. Is it us, or is she a dead ringer for Carol Channing?

Ms. Naked Cowgirl is inspired by Times Square icon Robert Burck, a.k.a. The Naked Cowboy, who prances around the sidewalks wearing nothing but cowboy boots and tight briefs — no matter if it rains or snows.

“I saw that she was shooing people away from taking a picture. I asked them what happened, and they said that she wanted $2 for photo,” says photographer Ilya Mirman, a sucker for models in fishnet stockings. “I thought, ‘Geez’ – here’s a nice lady, trying to make a buck, getting no respect. So I went over, gave her $5, and she was just besides herself with glee – offering multiple poses, effusively grateful, and giving me a postcard of herself.”

Imagine what $10 might buy…

Tacky Tourist Photos co-founder Ilya Mirman with the Naked Cowgirl.

Tacky Tourist Photos co-founder Ilya Mirman with the Naked Cowgirl.

(Tacky Tourist Photos co-founder Ilya Mirman blogs at Kerslappity.com)

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3 comments to “The Naked Cowgirl: Working the streets as a tacky icon”

  1. Drunk Stepdad Says:

    Sandy Kane, getting no respect?

    Oh Noes!

    What has she ever done that DESERVES respect?

    Linger Longer

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