The average size of most mannequins doesn’t reflect the average size of the person shopping for the clothes that are on it. So why, when one store in Sweden used two mannequins the size of the average person, did they get so much flak for it?
Some people said that the mannequins pictured above promote obesity. But here’s what’s weird: the mannequins pictured–wait for it!–are not obese. The gal on the left is a size 12, the lady on the right is size 16. (In fairness, European sizes differ from ours, but look at them! They’re visibly not obese!)
This is a pretty dumb argument to make. First off, a mannequin is never promoting anything except the clothes that it’s wearing. Second, couldn’t an argument be made, then, that regular mannequins are promoting eating disorders and an unhealthy body image? You can’t have this both ways, people.
Frankly, I just think people should be stoked that there are now mannequins in average sizes because you’ll have a better idea of how the clothes that they’re advertising will actually look on most of us. It’s good for business (we’re more likely to buy stuff when we can picture it on us!), it’s good for shoppers (less disappointing trips to the fitting room!) and it’s good for promoting body diversity and a healthy body image.
The mannequins you’re looking at aren’t demanding that people eat more junk food or stop working out. But they are demanding that maybe we start to recognize that we come in all different shapes and sizes, and that having more than the tall, thin, stereotypical ideal represented is a pretty good idea.
Do you think these mannequins are promoting obesity? Do you think mannequins should be in the average size of most shoppers? Tell us in the comments!