ON A LEDGE

The TV station crammed a lot of photographers in a very small room. The English photographers resembled not at all the French ones.
   The English ones scrambled and bumped into each other looking for a saucy angle and they hurled commands: Sit straight with your arms back! Sit with your knees up! Take off your shoes! Someone asked how it felt to be suddenly famous, "Like a monkey in a zoo", I replied.
   Less than a year later I would return in the form of a blonde bombshell. Inside the shell was a virtuous, shy girl dreaming of being seventeen, and free.