As anyone who’s walked around a major metropolitan area lately knows, the popularity of feather extensions has been increasing at an alarming rate. Not unlike herpes, they’ve spread most virulently, until an estimated 25% of the nation’s adult population has been exposed. They don’t care if you’re a Goth, a reg, or even a celebrity; feather extensions (or, as I like to call them, “feh-stensions”) can affect anyone. It’s this very dispersion that makes them so dangerous, yet also so fascinating; what is it about pretending to be part bird that appeals to so many different types of people? In an effort to better understand this phenomenon, I’ve compiled feh-stension wearers of all stripes in hopes a pattern might emerge.
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