Four parents, one child. He would provide a headpiece and robe. Continually trying to engage with strangers is draining. They seem less offended by my nudity than by the idea of paying up. The costumed characters mob clueless tourists, demanding tips in a way I never witness the other painted ladies — at least six of us — do.
Over two days, the topless ladies were spotted repeatedly surrounding groups of tourists — seemingly ignoring the presence of children.
Naked Girls Reading, New York
We walk to a garage about three blocks away, the only place that will let us use its restroom. After walking a mile in their headdresses, I realize the fight against the painted ladies is deeply sexist. If the mayor wants to worry about activity in Times Square, how about the short bald man walking around wearing only black duct tape over his privates? This is bloody hard work. He would provide a headpiece and robe. Those who work with the women acknowledge they can ill afford to sit back and wait to be approached.