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Yes, it's this old picture again...
Those of you who have been following me here for at least the last couple years know about how this picture and how it imprinted itself on my psyche over the last 40 years. It's from an Avon brochure from 1974, more precisely, as part of an ad campaign for a skin care line called Perfect Balance. I first saw it back when I was 4, way back in the day(I go into detail here: siamesetwinsfan.deviantart.com… ), and, at the risk of being redundant, it began my lifelong obsession with Siamese twins(I actually prefer the term "Siamese twins" to "conjoined twins"... I've never thought of myself as politically correct). Although I've harbored some kind of obsession with Siamese twins since then, I kind of put this picture out of my mind for several years after first seeing it, coming back to it, at least in my mind, in the mid 1980s(1984, to be exact), and ever since then, it has at least occupied a space in the back of my mind. I do recall a dream I had back in 1986, which involved seeing the women full-body, instead of the head and shoulders view in the picture. I recall in the dream, they were joined merely at the shoulder blades(for some reason, I imagined them joined from shoulders to waist), and they were wearing black strapless bikinis. In that dream, for some reason, I don't recall them wearing the headscarf they wear in the picture(for some reason, I remembered them each wearing a separate headscarf, and they were tied together at the bottom).

I'm not going to go into detail on how I finally found this picture, mainly because I already covered that particular subject in a previous journal( siamesetwinsfan.deviantart.com… ). What I really want to get into here is a couple of random memories related to this picture, both involving my mother, one directly, the other indirectly. The direct one is when I showed it to her, and asked about them, she said something about if one of them wanted to eat dinner, and the other wanted to go to bed, the one who wanted to eat dinner could eat dinner in bed. The other memory, the one which indirectly involves my mom, is a short-lived recurring dream I had for a little while in the mid 70s, in which my mom and Shirley Partridge from the Partridge Family were Siamese twins(don't ask, I can't explain it either), I actually recall one time when I had that dream that they glued themselves together with a very liberal amount of Perfect Balance skin cream(It's funny how some days I can't remember what I had for breakfast, but I can remember a dream I had almost 40 years ago...).

What I also want to talk about is questions I had over the years about this picture. Finding this picture, of course, answered one question. When I received the first Avon brochure I ordered on eBay, it showed the picture, albeit cropped just above where their bodies were joined, and I almost convinced myself that I had "just made it up in my mind" somehow. However, when I found the auction for the lot of brochures including the campaign in which the Perfect Balance line was introduced, even though the picture was too small to see anything(even when magnified), I saw enough to know exactly that was what I was looking for, and my heart did skip a beat. Believe me, that 2 week period from when I placed my bid to when I actually received the lot in the mail was a very long 2 weeks. So when I actually held the brochure in my hands, and could see the picture for myself, the question of whether it was actually real or made up in my head was answered. However, finding this picture has, believe it or not, raised more questions than it answered. The first, and most obvious, is how they made the 2 women in the picture appear to be joined back to back. When I was 4, I didn't think about that, as far as I was concerned, they were joined. I have actually had someone tell me it was Photoshopped, which I know isn't possible, due to the fact that the picture predates the creation of Photoshop by more than a decade. I was also told that they took a photograph of one woman and mirrored it, which I know is also untrue. There are differences between the two women in the picture for it to be a mirrored image. The differences I found were as follows:
  • The twin on the left is slightly taller than her sister(this is what I consider the most obvious difference)
  • the knot at the bottom of their shared headscarf is asymmetrical
  • the twin on the left has a longer and slightly more slender neck
  • the angles in which each sister's neck meets her shoulders are different
  • the twins have differently shaped eyebrows
  • the twin on the right has a more pointed nose, as well as a slightly less prominent chin and more rounded lips
  • the sister on the right seems to be looking forward, while the sister on the left seems to be glancing slightly towards the camera
  • the twin on the left has her mouth open slightly, while the twin on the right has her mouth closed completely
  • the twin on the left's eyelashes are slightly longer
  • the twin on the left may be wearing a slightly darker shade of lipstick
  • differences in the sisters' jawlines

(Of course, those are only my own observations, You might see it a little differently than I do)

Another possibility I have heard, which also subscribes to the theory that it's one woman portraying both twins is that they took a picture of the woman from both sides, and combined them using whatever passed for photomanipulation back in 1974. Even accounting for the fact that nobody is completely symmetrical, there are enough differences between the twins that I believe that there were actually 2 women used for this photograph. I believe that the models were made to appear joined by some combination of a prosthetic device, makeup, airbrushing, photo retouching, photomanipulation as it existed back in the mid 70s, darkroom trickery, ink, and/or paint, as well as the fact that instead of a photograph, the picture is in reality an extremely lifelike painting.  Of course, while highly unlikely, the fact that they actually found a pair of Siamese twins joined back to back does fall within the realm of possibility.Of course, when I was 4, I never thought about stuff like that, as far as I was concerned back then, they were Siamese twins.

Another question I have concerns the headscarf the twins are wearing in the picture. The picture, as I remembered it all those years, had each twin wearing a separate headscarf, but both scarves are knotted together at the base of the neck. I also recalled the scarves as being plain white, and not a single silk scarf with what appears to be a floral pattern. The major question I have concerning the headscarf is its purpose in the picture. The most obvious purpose is that it's there to make the twins more closely resemble the logo used for the Perfect Balance line, which resembles a female version of Janus, the 2 faced god of Roman mythology. Aside from that, I thought of several other possibilities of why the twins are wearing it:
  • to conceal the fact the models are in fact not identical twins
  • to conceal the fact the models have different colored hair, or that one or both models are bald
  • to make it appear that along with being joined back to back, the twins are also joined at the back of the head
  • a style choice made by the models and/or the photographer

I have tried to find the answers to my questions, I first contacted an Avon archives, but they didn't have any of the information I asked for, in fact, the only items they had pertaining to the Perfect Balance line were a couple pictures of products. I knew it was a longshot, but I did contact Avon directly, but wasn't too disappointed when they told me they didn't have the information I asked for, because I pretty much knew they didn't and I was only asking so I could say I at least explored that particular avenue. But I know the answers I seek are out there somewhere. That's part of why I put the picture in this journal. Please, if anyone reads this, and knows either or both of the women in this picture, please don't be shy, comment or send me a note.

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  • Drinking: no thanks, I'm driving
James Brian Hellwig was born on June 16, 1959 in Crawfordville, Indiana. At the age of 11, he took up bodybuilding, winning several titles, and in 1985, accepted an invitation to break into professional wrestling. He began his wrestling career under the name of Jim "Justice" Hellwig as a member of Powerteam USA, a stable of bodybuilders turned wrestlers. Later, Hellwig would team up with stablemate Steve Borden(the future Sting) as a team called Blade Runners, with Hellwig as Blade Runner Rock, and Borden as Blade Runner Flash. After the Blade Runners broke up, In 1986, Hellwig would begin wrestling in Dallas as the Dingo Warrior. In June 1987, Hellwig began wrestling house shows for the World Wrestling Federation, first as the Dingo Warrior, later changed to the Ultimate Warrior(reportedly because WWF head Vince McMahon didn't know what a "Dingo" Warrior would be). The Ultimate Warrior would make his WWF television debut on the October 25, 1987 episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge, defeating "enhancement talent" Terry Gibbs. The Ultimate Warrior made his WWF Pay-Per-View debut at WrestleMania IV in 1988, defeating Hercules Hernandez. He won his first championship in WWF at the inaugural SummerSlam in 1988, substituting for the (kayfabe) injured Brutus Beefcake, and winning the Intercontinental Championship from The Honky Tonk Man in a match that lasted 27 seconds. He held the title until WrestleMania V, losing to "Ravishing" Rick Rude(with an assist from Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, who held Warrior's foot so he couldn't kick out of the pin attempt), and regained the title at SummerSlam 1989. At WrestleMania VI, he won the WWF Championship from Hulk Hogan, and was briefly the only wrestler to hold both WWF and Intercontinental Championships simultaneously(several days after WrestleMania VI, he was stripped of the Intercontinental Championship due to having won the WWF Championship). He held the title until Royal Rumble 1991, when he lost to Sergeant Slaughter, with an assist from Randy "Macho King" Savage, who hit Warrior over the head with his scepter, setting up a retirement match between the two at WrestleMania VII(which, IMO, is the best match of Warrior's career). After a short feud with the Undertaker(which was started when Warrior was locked in a coffin during an interview on a segment of Paul Bearer's "Funeral Parlor" show), Warrior teamed up with Hulk Hogan to face Sergeant Slaughter(whose character at the time was an American turncoat who allied himself with Iraq), Colonel Mustafa(former WWF Champion Iron Shiek), and General Adnan(a Saddam Hussein lookalike who claimed to have been friends with Hussein during high school), after which he left the WWF(reportedly fired over a pay dispute in which he refused to perform at SummerSlam unless he was paid the same amount as partner Hulk Hogan). He returned at WrestleMania VIII, saving Hulk Hogan from a beat down from Sid Justice(Hogan's opponent at WMVIII) and Papa Shango, igniting a feud with Shango, which was most notable for several instances in which Warrior went into convulsions and began vomiting, due to a voodoo spell placed on him by Shango, and one instance during an interview in which a thick black liquid oozed from his forehead. Warrior challenged then WWF Champion Randy "Macho Man" Savage for the title at SummerSlam 1992, winning the match by countout, although Savage retained the title, as it could only change hands on a pinfall or submission. Savage and Warrior were set to take on Ric Flair and Razor Ramon at Survivor Series 1992, however, Warrior had left WWF before the event(and was replaced as Savage's partner with Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig, which resulted in Hennig turning face in the process). After leaving WWF for the second time, Hellwig went into semi-retirement, opening up a short-lived wrestling school, competing in independent shows,  legally changing his name to Warrior in 1993, and during his third stint with WWF, produced a Warrior comic book. Warrior returned to WWF again at WrestleMania XII, handily defeating Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He competed for the Intercontinental Championship against Goldust at In Your House 7, winning by countout(Although he won the match, Goldust retained the title, as the match ended in a countout, and the title could only change hands on a pinfall or submission). In July 1996, Warrior's contract was terminated after he allegedly took unauthorized time off to mourn his father's passing. In 1998, Warrior joined World Championship Wrestling, forming a stable to combat Hogan's NWO stable, making his final WCW appearance on the November 9, 1998 episode of WCW Monday Nitro. He announed his retirement from wrestling in 1999, becoming a motivational speaker. Over the years, there had been much bad blood on both sides, including lawsuits between Warrior and WWF/WWE(after losing a lawsuit against the World Wildlife Fund over the use of the WWF initials, World Wrestling Federation changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment, changing their initials to WWE) regarding ownership of the Warrior name and likeness, as well as a suit Warrior filed in 2006 over the way he was portrayed in the 2005 DVD release "The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior", a suit which was eventually thrown out of court. In July 2013, Warrior appeared in a trailer for the WWE2K14 video game, and revealed he would be in the game as a pre-order bonus character. During the build-up for WrestleMania XXX, it was announced that the Ultimate Warrior would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and he attended the induction ceremony on April 5, 2014, where he was inducted by former WWE CEO(as well as wife of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon). On April 7, 2014, the day after WrestleMania XXX, Warrior made what would be his final appearance in a WWE ring, delivering a promo in which he told the fans that they were the ones who determined which wrestlers became legends, and that they were the ones who made him a legends, ending the promo by telling the fans that the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever. Less than 24 hours later, Warrior collapsed outside his hotel, and was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

"No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend markers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. Ultimate. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever!"
    -Transcript of Ultimate Warrior's final promo

RIP Ultimate Warrior 
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