SUBMITTED BY: Emily Berezin LOCATION: Baños, Ecuador (2007)
When the Ecuadorian Special Forces are not sneaking across the Peruvian border or doing military drills with turtles in the Galapagos Islands, they like to play dress up.
Specifically, they like to dress up young female American tourists with hopes of scoring a phone number or email address.
Flirting aside, both Emily (on right) and her friend Hannah don’t look like they are swimming in the flak vest or uniform. Maybe the Ecuadorian Special Forces don’t have access to a shoulder press. And do they trust every pretty face with their automatic rifles and grenade launchers?
Hey, Hannah, nice of you to keep the gun pointed at your friend’s kneecaps.
Says Emily: “I will never look so cool again in my life!”
(Emily Berezin is a Pittsburgh sculptor, seamstress and artist who loves to satirize consumer culture and confesses an obsession with insects. Despite her macho posturing, she secretly has a much softer side.)