A few years after moving to Boston, I read in the papers that Isabella Rossellini was making an appearance at a local department store downtown to promote Lancome. I remember seeing her ads from the fashion magazines my mom used to bring home from her trips abroad while I was a teenager growing up in Manila. I went with a co-worker to the event. Several flash bulbs went off as she smiled in front of journalists and the crowd. She was beautiful! However, I was quite taken aback by the stark difference between the ads as I remembered them and seeing her in person standing a few feet away from me. That was probably the moment I realized that fashion advertisements were just an illusion. Seeing these images at We Can Shoot Too blog triggered the memory.