Name: Le Call
Job: Model, keeper of Nello Balan's umbrella, Daily Intelligencer obsessionAge: 25
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Any cab driver that doesn't sigh when I ask to go to the airport.
What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
The ones I prepare myself. (See question 8.)
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
We mostly try to design the perfect exit strategy for Iraq, and if we can't come up with an answer, we take a bunch of pictures.
There was a time when a dork from the boondocks could come to New York City and reinvent himself as a whole new person. Andy Warhol did it, and Madonna, and really just about everyone fabulous who made this place worth the rent and rodent issues in the first place. But now there's the Internet, and well, that's the end of that! These days, you can't show off your carefully cultivated soigné personality and Oliver Twist–with–a–touch–of–Hermès look anywhere without someone from high school popping up cramp your style. Which is what happened to Look Book subject Caleb McDonald this week. McDonald claimed to be from the Middle East, but one commenter begged to differ:
So, we looked up the MySpace profile of Le Call, the model who was in "Page Six" yesterday when Nello Balan threatened to sue her for breaking his precious leather umbrella, and in the Post and People today when it came out that she's the one who's been seen all over the city riding bikes (possibly the one given to her by Rocco DiSpirito?) with Owen Wilson. Heh, heh we said to ourselves, expecting to find a total moron. But it turns out that despite her ridiculous name ("In her line of work, it helps to have a kind of catchy name — she's a model," her ex-boyfriend, restaurateur Chris Dexter, explained to the Chicago Sun Times), Le Call might actually be kind of cool, and maybe even a little bit funny and smart? For a model, we mean. Here is how she describes herself:
"i guess first and foremost the outside does not match the inside. since i am not from california or texas, have no idea how my hair gets so big since i have done it myself about twice in my adult life, hate pictures, and wear my watch on my right hand even though i am not left handed. i also pick up tennis balls with the inside of my feet and not the outside like everyone else. which brings us back to the top sentence."
Also, she is 25, likes Electrelane and Miss Piggy ("cause she's a feminist but also a pig"), and one of the pictures on her page is of that anti-anorexia poster with the way-freaky-looking model, which is awesome, plus there are some fun drunk pics. Le Call is our new favorite model, we said to ourselves. We so give Owen Wilson our blessing. In fact, we can't wait till she destroys her body by bearing his children and they displace us from our Brooklyn neighborhood by driving up the rents with their famousness. Mwah! See you at the farmer's market! Then we noticed something that made our whole fantasy come crashing down. She likes Ayn Rand. Sigh.
Le Call [MySpace]
Owen Wilson's Model Friend ID'ed [People]
Earlier: A Model Break's Nello's Heart, Umbrella
Oh, Nello Balan. It's almost as if you want to be in "Page Six" once a week. This time, the Upper East Side restaurateur/columnist briber is caught in a dramatic war of words and lawsuits with an unknown model named Le Call over an umbrella. That's right, an umbrella. Granted, it's a $1,000 limited-edition Jean Paul Gaultier leather number, but an umbrella nonetheless. "Stop behaving like a boulevardier [street person] and a petite voleuse [petty thief]," Balan (awesomely) told Le Call. "You don't give me the umbrella, I sue you." Balan indeed eventually hired a lawyer, at which point Le Call then returned the umbrella in question, but it was BROKEN. All hell then broke loose, "Page Six" was called, and Balan's lawyer heads to court today to sue for "an act of disinterested malevolence, intentional infliction of mental distress, willful destruction of property, and whatever else [he] can think of." All of which leads us to the obvious question: a leather umbrella? Really?
MODEL RAINS ON NELLO UMBRELLA [NYP]
Related:Le Call and Ciara Christensen, Models [NYM]