In the middle of Chihuahua, Mexico, there is a bridal shop that is quite popular. The reason? For the past 75 years, a startlingly lifelike mannequin stood in the window. There are many versions of the legend about how she got to be there. According to local legends, the mannequin is actually the preserved daughter of the shop’s former owner.
The mannequin is nick named La Pascualita. The owner at the time La Pascualita came to the store was Pascuala Esparza, hence the nick name.
Not long after her debut, the locals began to suspect that La Pascualita was actually the body of the owner’s daughter.
Pascuala’s daughter, whose name has been lost to history, died tragically from a Black Widow spider bite on her wedding day.
One of the legends says that her mother went crazy when her daughter died on her wedding day, and mummified her to always have her dressed in beautiful gowns that matched her beauty.
Pascuala denied that the mannequin was her daughter. But the rumor had already taken on a life of its own, and no one believed her. It’s said that at night La Pascualita will sometimes shift positions in the window, and her eyes will follow you around the store.
They change her dress very often, but nobody ever sees when they do it. Only the owner of the establishment and some close employees are allowed to undress/dress her.
Some locals and brides consider La Pascualita a saint. They pray to her or leave gifts for her with the shop workers.
Some people say that she changes positions during the night, moving her weight from one foot to the other or tilting her head and bending her elbows. Others claim proudly that Pascualita smiled at them.
Of course not everyone is convinced La Pascualita is a corpse. Some say she may actually be a wax dummy. Real or not, she is still kind of freaky.