New Jersey's Biggest Woman Gets Patriotic Makeover for War on Terror

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jul 16, 2007 11:08 AM
South Jersey:

After 42 years, Miss Uniroyal is getting a makeover.

The 18-foot-tall South Jersey landmark at 1337 Black Horse Pike in the township's Hilltop section is being remodeled to look like a cross between Supergirl and Wonder Woman.

She also will get a new name -- Nitro Girl.

Instead of her trademark green miniskirt and teal top, the Werbany Motors attraction will be decked out in flashy patriotic gear: A star-covered blue skirt, a white blouse with red sleeves, and even more stars in her hair, which will remain black.

Owner Ed Werbany Jr., whose father bought Miss Uniroyal for $300 in 1965, says that the change is just a sign of the times.

"The kids were complaining that her clothes looked so blase, so we decided to change it up," he said.

The idea to remake the image into a patriotic superhero had a straightforward reasoning behind it.

"Because of the war effort, to support the war, we (decided to) fly our American flag," Werbany said.

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