Coppertone Girl sign missing its hair in Miami – Sun Sentinel
Missing: the Coppertone Girl’s blond hair.
The kitschy sign on the side of a building in the 7300 block of Biscayne Boulevard in northeast Miami, lost part of its head during Hurricane Irma.
“It’s a shame,’’ said Miriam Mendieta, co-owner of Smiling Pets Animal Clinic, which is next to the sign. “Maybe it flew to the next roof. I haven’t seen it, but it’s unfortunate.”
The MiMo Biscayne Association, the nonprofit group launched in 2007 to promote and highlight the 1950s and ’60s Miami Modern architecture in the Upper Eastside, is looking for the sign’s hair.
“We are sending out a plea for help,” the association posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday. “Our wonderful Coppertone Girl has suffered damage from Irma. If anyone has news of the whereabouts of the panel blown from the top of her head please let us know,’’ it read.
The post has drawn colorful comments.
“It looks like a big bandage,” Jose Perez wrote on Facebook.
“Wow we gotta find it, this is iconic,” Scott Wilson added.
The Coppertone Girl has deep roots in Miami.
For a half-century, the 35-foot neon sign with the pigtailed blond girl and a brown puppy tugging at her bathing suit was in downtown Miami. Through the years, her tan faded with weather, and her face and part of her torso went missing.
In 2008, the sign was restored as part of its move to its current location on Biscayne Boulevard, where it greets commuters and passersby in the MiMo district
“It’s an iconic sign,” Mendieta added. “Just like the Art Deco hotels represent South Beach, the Coppertone girl is MiMo’s beacon. Now, when you see the Coppertone Girl sign, you know it’s MiMo.”