My modeling application had been received!
The laughter was not coming from the CEO, however; it was coming from the manager who had forwarded him my photo.
She was REVELING in the CEO's response.
REVELING like a New Year's Eve REVELER, I tell you. Because the CEO--for whom I have worked more than three years--did not recognize me in this photo one bit, and had thus just delivered a very honest response.
I won't beat around the bush.
He CIRCLED MY NOSE to indicate "a problem area" AS I PREDICTED HE WOULD; and said (WAIT FOR IT):
"There is nothing special about this girl."
The manager called me into the CEO's office.
"He CIRCLED YOUR NOSE!" she said, tears streaming down her face. "He says you're nothing special!"
He didn't even like my body that is not mine! Or my hat!
The CEO, at this point, was mortified, though I assured him there was no reason to be. "But just so we're clear," I said. "Do you or do you not want me to come in for some test shots?"
I'm still not sure whether he realizes that only the face on that picture is mine. That even the chin and the jaw are extra. Larry is very concerned that people won't get that. Because so many of you just read this blog just for the pictures.
Just to be clear, this is not the real me: