As I mentioned previously – the ‘unauthorized’ use of celebrity images is pretty common around here. We talked about this before in conjunction to Kim Kardashian and Rhianna – and today, while driving around Mexicali taking pictures for a section of the book on architecture, we saw yet another example of this. (Sorry, Kim – we were in traffic, and seeing it was unexpected, so the photo is blurry – and I know, my window is filthy) – but it’s undeniably you hawking clothing up on a sign outside a clothing store on Blvd Anahuac.. Just thought you should know..
Kim Kardashian hawking cheap clothing in Mexico
In other news – spent the day trying to find the elusive “casa de Louis Vuitton” which is a house of the outskirts of Mexicali painted brown with symbols to look like a Louis Vuitton bag. I know the house is still there – yesterday one of the people who lived near the house was lamenting being a neighbor – but the address and directions were far from correct..
I did get some more great photos of Mexicali.. including one of the fancy car dealerships down here.. (I like to remind people that Mexicali has one of the highest standards of living, and income in all of Baja).. There is a growing middle-class here (and just like most of us), they like nice things.. It’s another side of the road photos since I wasn’t planning on taking pictures of car dealerships..
Mercedes Benz dealership
A lot more photos but I haven’t gotten around to sorting of all them yet..More architectural adventures tomorrow..
Kim Kardashian on the red carpet – photo credit unknown
Looks like Dr. Victor Ramirez, the plastic surgeon in Mexicali that we previously interviewed here has ignited a firestorm of controversy by using the unauthorized likeness of Kim Kardashian (of reality television fame) to advertise his surgical skills.
While I don’t condone this behavior – the irony of the situation is unmistakable since Ms. Kardashian first shot to fame (and public attention) through public exposure of another sort entirely. In fact, she along with Paris Hilton are two of the very ‘celebutards’ that popular media love to exploit while simultaneously decrying their actions.
Mexicali ad courtesy of Perez Hilton.com
Is the outrage against Dr. Ramirez, expressed by Kim Kardashian based on true or genuine anger or frustration against unwanted (and unpaid!) advertising, or just another slick publicity stunt in the wake of negative public sentiments regarding her highly profitable (yet amazing brief) marriage? Even now, tales of her bickering and fighting over money with her ex still dominate the internet, tv and gossip columns..
Especially since the timing coincides nicely with the opening of her new lingerie line, the Kardashian Kollection..
Ms. Kardashian’s recent twitter pix,
Now, I’ve never met Ms. Kardashian, and I’m sure this situation might be aggravating, but at the same time – isn’t it just a bit flattering too? That other people might choose to have a surgical procedure so that they can attempt to mimic your beauty? If I were Kim – I’d sit down with Dr. Ramirez and work out some sort of agreement – for advertisements and endorsements.. But, wait..
Isn’t this the same woman who sued Old Navy for hiring a model for looking “too much” like her?
But then again – I’m just a nurse.
I’ve emailed Dr. Ramirez for his side of the story, (for more about the real Dr. Victor Ramirez – read our post here).
More on this story – elsewhere on the net
Orange County Register