Trump wigs in big de­mand dur­ing Car­ni­val sea­son in Aus­tria

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

So many peo­ple want to be Don­ald Trump this Car­ni­val sea­son in Aus­tria that some cos­tume shops have run out of wigs mim­ick­ing the U. S. pres­i­dent’s me­morable hair­style.

Shop owner Manuela Plank, rec­og­niz­ing a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity, went to work mak­ing her own toupees a la Trump.

Plank thought she was ready to meet de­mand with the 10 Trump wigs she had stocked for Aus­tria’s pre- Lenten sea­son of balls and other masked events. But they were quickly snapped up.

That’s when she started snip­ping, back­comb­ing, teas­ing and spray­ing blond hair­pieces to give them the trade­mark Trump look.

“It all takes quite a bit of time,’’ Plank said as she as­sessed her lat­est cre­ation on Mon­day. “You have to do a lot of back-comb­ing. But you can get it done.’’

Her shop in the town of Pfaffs­taet­ten, south of Vi­enna car­ries over 7,000 cos­tumes, in­clud­ing an­cient Greek out­fits and the lace and ruf­fles of the Ro­coco pe­riod. But the Trump look is trump­ing most oth­ers.

Plank says that 25 of her Trump wigs are now in cir­cu­la­tion within her com­mu­nity of just 3,500 peo­ple. Since Car­ni­val ex­tends into early March this year, she is mak­ing more.

“I think it’s sim­ply be­cause a lot of peo­ple are talk­ing about him. And be­cause ev­ery­body knows him,’’ she said. “And his hair­style is very dis­tinc­tive.’’

While many Aus­tri­ans go all-out for Car­ni­val, Plank says dress­ing up as Trump car­ries ex­tra ap­peal for peo­ple who don’t have the pa­tience to cre­ate elab­o­rate cos­tumes.

“Wig, suit — and done,’’ she says, tuck­ing a stray wisp of plas­tic hair in place.

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