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Feline Fashion Blogger on the Prowl at Lincoln Center

By Della Hasselle | September 10, 2011 11:10am

LINCOLN CENTER — Feline blogger Natasha Finkel, an upcoming pussycat model and "fashionista of the Persian persuasion," has her paws full this Fashion Week season.

Not only does the Persian kitty have to keep her 1,500 fans constantly updated on Twitter and Facebook, she must also make time between her Brazilian fur straightening, costume fittings and blogging for her appearances at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows.

The cat, who won't divulge her age, made her Lincoln Center Fall Fashion Week debut to a media frenzy Friday afternoon, with her "mistress" and owner, Janet Finkel.  Finkel was primarily in tow to fix the tiara, pearls and Swarovski crystal leash her pet wore to see her favorite designers on the runway.

"She only covers people she likes," Finkel said about her feline companion outside the tents Friday. "Sometimes she covers people she doesn't like, but then she can get very catty."

"And she only does couture, of course," Finkel, the Brooklyn-based window decorator and cat manager, added. Finkel said Natasha has plans to see Nanette Lepore, Betsey Johnson and Philip LIm, among others.

The kitty has gained popularity through her blog, which she uses to report on the "holy trinity" of music, art and fashion. She also blogs about her diet — a habit that often involves master cleansing, strictly organic food, catnip and mineral water — and gives advice on the art of seduction.

"I mean, she is a cat, and they're excellent at seduction," Finkel said, adding that her furry companion is currently in the market for a tomcat who can ride her around in a Mercedes-Benz. 

While Natasha's love life seems to be somewhat in shambles, her career seems to be leaping ahead. She ultimately aims to be as big an icon as Marilyn Monroe, but so far has landed an iPhone deal for an app called "Dress the Cat." Natasha is also going to be working with hat designer Lopeti Etu, known for his work with Mark Bouwer, in order to launch a series called "Cat in the Hat."

"It's just overwhelming, all the attention and admiration she's getting," Finkel said. "But we're on the prowl for more designers who want to create for her."

Natasha may have some networking left to do designer-wise, but she was lapping up attention left and right by plenty of other fans Friday afternoon.

"I think she's adorable," wedding planner Misty Duncan, 32, said. "I love her crown and her necklace."

Duncan, a wedding planner from Dallas, Tex., says she's an avid animal-lover and thinks that it's perfectly fine that Natasha camps out in the Lincoln Center tents.

Others agreed.

"Why not?" said real estate agent and Midtown resident Nadia Stromberg. "She's a very pretty lady, and she blogs. Plus, she enjoys people."

None of this, however, was surprising to Finkel.

"She's the queen of fluff journalism," she shrugged. "And she was just born for the catwalk."

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