I wasn’t a size zero when I was born. I’m OK with that. But I’ve still always found the fact that size zero exists somewhat offensive. I’m not offended by super-thin people (unless they’re sporting the heroin chic look, in which case I do actually find it quite gross), but that clothing designers couldn’t have come up with a more creative name for people smaller than a size 2. Like, a size A, maybe?
I’ve also never been into skinny jeans. I thought they were ugly in the 80s, and time did them no favor when they came back en vogue a few years ago. Whether you’re tall and thin or have short, thick legs — they’re simply not attractive, as far as I’m concerned
The Gap has recently combined two of my least favorite trends — extreme thinness and super skinny jeans. On mannequins. The mannequins are so thin, in fact, that the Gap is now being accused of promoting anorexia.
The mannequins are in one popular London store, modeling the brand’s Always Skinny jeans. The fake legs are almost literally pencil-thin and disproportionate for the rest of the dummy’s body. The mannequin — and jeans — have critics arguing that the store is “promoting an illness as something to aspire to.”
The controversy comes around the same time that a German magazine PhotoShopped and shrunk the already teeny tiny waist of a pin thin Duchess Catherine in her wedding dress on a magazine cover, and the popular brand Topshop was forced to pull an ad campaign with a size zero model, Codie Young, who appeared to be frighteningly gaunt.
I get that models (and mannequins) are meant to be thin, but the photos of the one taken in the Gap modeling these jeans seems unhealthy — for the young girls who are looking at them and seeing what the designer is suggesting is the ideal fit.
I’m way past the age (and mind set) of thinking I can ever look like models like Gisele, but it took me a lot of years to get to this place. I feel sorry for girls who are still confused about how they’re supposed to look, and what they’re supposed to do to achieve it. It really doesn’t help when mainstream clothing stores promote utterly unrealistic and unhealthy examples. The Gap should know better. Shame on them.
Image: Alice Taylor
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