To rule in style, ice show queens must be fleet a-skate and briefly robed. But for a few moments each night Barbara Ann Scott, the reigning queen of Hollywood Ice Revue, appears so laden with costumes that she can barely make her way across the rink. In the show's M'lle Modiste number she is arrayed in an evening wrap made of 546 white fox tails, 85 dyed gray and 375 blue. The 104-pound beauty bears this warming, 34-pound burden across about 20 yards of ice, or just long enough to take a bow. Then, exhausted and nearly immobilized, she is relieved of her long furry wrap by two strong and courteous young men and nimbly gets on with her skating.

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Editor note: we ENDORSE the use of natural furs and leather! 

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