I have an idea for a reality TV program, and if you are a TV exec, you are welcome to steal it.
My idea is that we would take a generically beautiful young woman of a certain type - white, blonde, 19 - 23, not apparently overwhelmingly intelligent - and have her professionally groomed, coiffed and dressed. Then we would finagle an invite to a fashion show, plop her in the front row, and hound her with cameras.
Everyone would think she was famous. You wouldn't even have to make up a show for her to be on, because no one would admit that they didn't recognize her.
I have had the following conversation with fellow guests at Fashion Week at least 25 times in recent years:
Other Guest Who Is Also in "Priority Standing": Who is that?
Me: I don't know. I think she's on a reality TV show.
Other Guest: Oh. Is she on that one with the musician?
Me: No. I think she's on the one where they're all rich and went to school with celebrities.
Other Guest: Oh. Do you know what her name is?
Me: No. Just put down a guy's name and a street name, and you'll probably get it right.
And then we will go back to craning our necks at Joey Vanderhocken, drawn like moths to the bright lights of the cameras circling over her head. But for how long? For how long?