the confidence to pull off this look

GoodTaste

Key Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2016
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
China
Current Location
China
Does "the confidence to pull off this look" mean "the confidence to show up this look"?

----------------
Meet the secretarybird, but don’t be fooled by its administrative 'title.' This 4-foot-tall bird of prey is a force to be reckoned with. The southern African species is known for its eagle-like body and powerful, crane-like legs, which it uses to stamp on its prey until it can be swallowed whole. Research has shown that the secretarybird can stamp with a force of up to five times its own weight. The fierce bird gets its name from its unique headgear—the black feathers that protrude from its head are said to resemble old-fashioned quill pens stuck behind the ear of a writer or secretary. If anyone has the confidence to pull off this look, it’s the secretarybird.

Source: Bing
 

Tarheel

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
It means that bird's nature belies its looks.
 

Tarheel

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
It's an anthropomorphism there. That is, the word "confidence" (when referring to a bird) is an anthropomorphism.
 
Top