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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The mannequins are getting bigger too



Yes, the weight of the average American is steadily rising and vanity sizing is everywhere, but are the mannequins getting bigger too?

The Chicago Tribune an interesting piece on mannequins, those slim beauties gracing store windows. The average mannequin is six inches taller and six sizes smaller than the average American woman and as we get bigger the mannequins set a less realistic example of what the clothes will look like on your body. Mannequins often reflect fashion trends, current mannequins have larger bottoms and are more curvaceous, some even resembling women with breast implants. In the article, body image expert and professor of psychology at Missouri State University in Springfield, Brooke L. Whisenhunt, says that "anytime you see clothing on the mannequin or model there's pressure to look like them and fit into the clothes." The recent deaths of anorexic models have made some think of reevaluating the slim ideal of the mannequin. Mannequins in a size 8 instead of the traditional 4 to 6 are becoming the norm and the demand for plus-sized mannequins is on the rise. What do you think Styledashers, would you rather have a mannequin that reflects your size or one that reflect the designers' idea.

3 comments:

Louisa said...

Look up pro-Ana or pro-Mia on a search engine, and you will be appalled and scared for your daughters. Ana is Anorexia, Mia is Bulimia. These websites promote starvation as a lifestyle choice. On one I even found a table with suggested weights for each height that would be your height/weight ratio as a fashion model (very scary). These girls aspire to the size 0 that was banned after the death of the two size 0 models. Each website has a gallery of "thinspirational" photos, mostly featuring fashion models they find beautiful with ribs and hipbones prominently displayed!

They also have hints for not eating or hiding that you are not eating, for example, crumble crackers in your hands into the sink and sniff your hands before washing them, or paint your nails to hide the fact that your fingertips are turning purple from poor circulation.

While, of course, we don't want to promote obesity, a size 4 or a size 6 mannequin can hardly be charged with obesity! The fashion industry has a powerful influence on girls and women.

Anonymous said...

considering that the average woman is a size 12 its ABOUT DARN TIME that the manni's are made bigger...

:)

Boutique Flourish said...

I'm glad the mannis have a fuller look these kids need to know that ist ok and NOT ok to be thin...;)

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