Where Are They Now?

When Miniskirts Could
Land Young Girls in Jail

In the summer of 1967, these two young women decided to take a stroll in Porto Alegre, south Brazil, sporting the latest fashion apparel of the time, the miniskirt. Mary Quant‘s greatest contribution to the world, hardly a year old by then, was all the rage in the Swinging London of the 1960s as it was in New York, Paris, even Rio de Janeiro.
But not in Porto Alegre, apparently. Their pioneering spirit and sense of style got all but lost to the small crowd that began menacingly following them through the streets. So much so that, at one point, someone called the cops.
“For their own protection,” they were taken to the nearest precinct for questioning. After unwittingly causing a small stir among the conservative bastions of the local society, they were paraded in front of prying photographers like two exotic animals, before being released into oblivion.
Now, 43 years later, the same tabloid that put them on its cover the following day, is looking for them. One would hope they’d be issued some kind of acknowledgment, not so much for being ahead of their time, but for being treated as an oddity. One would be very wrong about that, though.
It won’t be easy to locate them either. Despite the half a minute notoriety of their dare, the experience must’ve been quite traumatic. Even if they ever wore miniskirts in public again, their joy will forever be tainted by the memory of facing a fascistic fashion-averse crowd and their badge-carrying vigilantes.
As a matter of fact, if we were them, we wouldn’t give anyone the satisfaction of selling a few more newspapers on their account.

One thought on “Where Are They Now?

  1. Aces says:

    Zero Hora, a tabloid?


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