Average-Sized Mannequins Get Mostly Rave ReviewsMonica Bielanko
They’re actually being called “curvy.”
Only in our jacked-up, distorted society would a mannequin that appears to be an average-sized woman be called “curvy.” In fact, I’d argue these mannequins are still on the thin side of the spectrum, I mean, I’d kill for either of those bodies, but I’m not going to quibble. The fact that they aren’t Barbie- proportioned is a win in my book.
According to Shine from Yahoo, this photo of the “curvy” mannequins, spotted in a Swedish clothing store, has gone viral after a blogger snapped a pic and posted it on Women’s Rights News. As of March 15 the photo has received nearly 54,000 likes and more than 16,000 shares.
As you can imagine, within the community that is Facebook, the comments range from very positive to negative:
“Real women, where’s the cellulite?”
“‘Models’ like these will teach today’s children (and grown women) that the twiggy look is actually not so cool.”
“ok, seriously, I wish my bod was as good as that maniquin in the front, the top of her thights still don’t touch.”
“This is degrading and offensive to women. We must stop the media of portraying what they feel the perfect woman should be. It makes us, our daughters, and granddaughters feel they must meet this physical standard. We are more than physical beings. This makes women feel less than if they can’t meet this standard.”
As for me, I’m thrilled about the mannequins. Sure these gals are probably still skinnier than most women but likely fall under an ideal Body Mass index. Anything’s an improvement over the scary skinny mannequins I see modeling the latest fashions at most clothing stores. Hell, most of the time I forget they’re even mannequins as they generally just appear to be hangers to display clothing.
According to Shine mannequins have long been way too skinny.
Modern-day mannequins have long been critiqued for having tiny proportions. In 2007, British health officials demanded that stores on London’s fashionable High Street stop using stick-thin models in an effort to reflect the wide range of sizes and shapes of British women. In 2010, Club Monaco came under fire for featuring mannequins with protruding spines and clavicles. And in 2011, GAP was chastised by bloggers for mannequins with bone-thin legs modeling the “Always skinny” jeans display. “I’m wondering what the internal project name for this was at Gap HQ,” wrote one blogger. “Death-camp chic’? Ana Pride’? Famine fashion forward?”
What do you think? A step in the right direction? Too curvy? Still too skinny?
Photo Credit: Facebook.com/Women’sRightsNews
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