Apologies for not being in much of a ‘writing mood’ lately, but who needs writing when you’ve got pictures like these that say a thousand words anyway…
Yep, that’s actually me in these photographs beneath a veil of big hair and layers of layers of make-up...welcome to the world of Cambodian Glamour Shots! Seeing these photo shops all around town and knowing how popular these kind of photos are with the locals, a few of us girls figured we’d reach back to our inner child and play dress up for the day! We all had quite the transformation or tranamation as we liked to call it :)
On a Saturday morning, five of us girls (Samira in yellow, Skye in red, Nono in blue and Lisa in light pink) piled in a tuk-tuk and headed to the photo studio. The pictures really speak for themselves but basically step one involves the slathering of your skin in cheap make up, with the goal to make you look as white as possible. The second step includes creating a ridiculous hairstyle which involves the liberal use of hairspray and excessive use of a teasing comb. The only real question was just how high they could go...check out Samira’s hair for an idea of just how high they like to go in Cambodia! Step three involves squeezing big foreigners into very small traditional Khmer party dresses and then loading us with lots of costume jewelry.
After about 2 hours of make-up and hair and finding the perfect dress, it was up to the ‘studio’ where they carefully positioned us in all kinds of ‘natural’ poses (apparently the head angles, serious expressions and hand positions are quite important)...Let’s just say the serious poses were almost impossible with the five of us unable to stop laughing pretty much all day. One of the highlights of the experience actually happened about a week after our photo session wrapped - when we received the 'finished' product with us photo-shopped into all kinds of ridiculous backdrops...absolutely hilarious!
Immediately afterwards you get the joy of trying to 'undo' all this hard work which was no easy feat. I think we all washed our faces about five times before starting to resemble our true selves again.
Although we felt a bit silly playing dress up all day, it was actually quite fun and will be a great souvenir to remember Cambodia by!