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Aline Kominsky-Crumb's blond ambition

Aline Kominsky-Crumb's blond ambition

In early 2012, Aline Kominsky-Crumb traded her red hair, nose ring and reputation as the cartoonist wife of controversial underground artist Robert Crumb to become a familiar archetype in Miami: a beach-blond bombshell.

As a social experiment "for art's sake," Kominsky-Crumb says she descended on a North Miami Beach beauty salon, Hair Magic, owned by her mother's beautician, Cookie Rosen, for a makeover. After her transformation, the artist looked identical to Rosen: a new wig, leopard-print jeggings, bejeweled high-heels, a heavily-padded pushup bra, a tight skirt.

"I thought all the characters who walked in Cookie's salon would make for a great reality TV...