Monday, October 27, 2008

Suitcase of dreams

The stage area of any festival event always looks briefly like a baggage claim at an airport. The girls can’t travel light: they carry not only crown boxes but enormous suitcases that house their mantles, the tall—and often heavy—fans that rise over their outfits. For the smaller girls, trying to walk in a mantle and crown that together might weigh 10-15 pounds is a huge challenge.

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