This set of poses was inspired by shots like this one:
These are the girls called "race queens"...the models who pose at auto races and car shows in Japan and other Asian nations. Many of them seem to have an umbrella...I suppose to protect them from the sun and to give out as promotional items.
Well, it seemed like such a neat prop, that I decided to give it a try:
And one last one, posing with a purse.
Additional pics are on Flickr.