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It's a big week for New York magazine — they've actually acknowledged that there are working-class people in this world! Or, at least, they're acknowledging their readership's domestic servants by featuring Michelle Mills, a nanny who cares for 3-year-old Lily of Bleecker Street. Michelle also works part time at Magnolia Bakery and is originally from Vermont, where she grew up in the woods (we suppose this makes her slightly feral).

After the jump, Intern Alexis rounds up Ben Lerer, Andrea Urban, and Street Seidell for their insights on Michelle's big red skirt.

Ben Lerer, Thrillist

What does three-year-old Lily think of Nanny Michelle?

Lily thinks Nanny Michelle has to learn how to use the temperature settings on the microwave a little better, and that stale leftover corn muffins from Magnolia bakery do not make a good afternoon snack. Lily also thinks Nanny Michelle should stop spending so much time rummaging through Mommy's medicine cabinet and stop draping Daddy's dirty underwear over her face when she takes naps.

Michelle looks so serene. What's she hiding?

Michelle is hiding deep-seated parental issues, low self-esteem, chronic hemorrhoids, and the cast of Little People, Big World underneath her red skirt. If you saw the full photo, you could see Michelle is actually stepping on two sets of tiny sausage fingers.

If Michelle's life were optioned off and made into a Fox Family movie, who would play her and why?

The part of Nanny Michelle would be played by Eric Stoltz, who's been searching for a challenging role that will blend well with his soft feminine features, his red hair, and his attraction to small children.

What's Michelle doing to that poor old dog's ear?

Michelle is actually using the dog's ear to hide her own severely deformed, lobster claw-looking hand.



Andrea Urban, Paper mag slave & seasoned babysitter

What does three-year-old Lily think of Nanny Michelle?

Three-year-old Lily, I'm positive, is mortified that Nanny Michelle picks her up from music lessons and color theory courses in sweat pants. Nanny Michelle makes up for it by showering her with free vanilla cupcakes with chocolate butter cream frosting everyday. Lily will one day resent Nanny Michelle when she learns what a carbohydrate is.

Michelle looks so serene. What's she hiding?

An undying love for Ben & Jerry's, especially the new flavor Vermonty Python: Coffee liqueur ice cream with a chocolate cookie crumb swirl and fudge cows.

If Michelle's life were optioned off and made into a Fox Family movie, who would play her and why?

Drew Barrymore stars in the Fox Family Movie as Michelle, a free spirit lost in the streets of New York who buys a ticket back home to Vermont only to find out her parents turned her bedroom into a home-gym. Michelle struggles to find her place in between these two worlds and decides a trip to Paris will solve her problems but soon finds out she's pregnant!

Why Drew Barrymore? Because "today I'm sort of high from the weather, so I did dress up, and it makes me feel amazing."

What's Michelle doing to that poor old dog's ear?

Poor old dog? I say lucky old dog! I wouldn't mind slow walks in the park, a little ear rub every once in a while, maybe a belly scratch too.



Streeter Seidell, co-author of CollegeHumor's Guide to College

What does three-year-old Lily think of Nanny Michelle?

With a quote like "I'm always covered in drool and glue," I'm sure little Lily has nothing but contempt for the unwashed mass huddled in the pantry, yearning to breathe Vermont air.

Michelle looks so serene. What's she hiding?

About $10,000 in antique Tiffany silverware.

If Michelle's life were optioned off and made into a Fox Family movie, who would play her and why?

The easy answer is Lindsay Lohan due to the red locks, but I'm going to go against the grain and suggest Christina Ricci for the role. Not only can Ricci play subtle and coy — classic Nanny Michelle characteristics — but she also happens to have an identical forehead.

What's Michelle doing to that poor old dog's ear?

It's an old Irish method for training adult dogs to respond to the sound of rich, spoiled children screaming for more Magnolia cupcakes.