I'm just going to come right out and say it: swans are the Mean Girls of the Anatidae family. They're pretty and get a lot of good press because how pretty they are (to the point that they are featured prominently in various mythologies across the world, natch,) but once you get beyond all the hype, you'll find that they're actually some of the nastiest pieces of work ever to be born with feathers.
The thing that really drives the similarity home is that tons of people are completely aware that swans are evil little birds, but they continue to admire them anyways. As cognitive dissonance goes, you really can't beat that.
Think about it. Heck, let me supply some lines from the movie with one key replacement and you'll see what I mean:
"Swans are flawless."
"I hear they do car commercials in Japan."
"One time, a swan punched me in the face. It was AWESOME."
My point; I think she is made, so here's some swan hats.
Hats that are inspired by swans turn up a lot in wedding-related millinery, like this one.
Who knew that people during the Renaissance wore hats made to look like a swan? I didn't, until I saw this pic taken at a Ren faire.
This one I kinda like, just because it really took the swan theme and ran with it. In multiples.
Speaking of multiples...
Apparently, the UK drink brand called Innocent holds a fundraiser dubbed The Big Knit. Basically, volunteers knit tons of little hats that fit over the top of their products and sell them, with a percentage of the profit going to Age UK.
These little swan hats were knitted for last year's Big Knit, and while they're not big enough for a human being to wear, they are still hats so I'm posting them anyway.
And on that note, I'm out.