It’s a new dawn … It’s a new day … Who would ever think that mannequins would ever be anything other than wafer thin? Today reports on Friday that a photograph of two mannequins with softer, more realistic body proportions has gone viral.
This is a huge step in the right direction and women from all over the world are chiming in. Women’s Rights News posted the photo on their Facebook page where thousands of users commented on the pic. One person wrote, “Those aren’t mannequins, they are real women, and they are gorgeous.”
The mannequins are donned in lingerie showing their less than perfect abs and fuller thighs which truly represents most of the female population.
We’re not talking "The Biggest Loser" prospects … We’re talking the average American woman which translates to a size 12 or 14. Keep in mind that these sizes are more than double the size of the typical dummies in clothing stores.
The strangest thing is no one seems to know where this photo came from and apparently it was first circulated in April 2012. Originally rumored to be from an H&M store in Sweden, a representative for the company reportedly stated that they do not have these mannequins in their stores.
In recent years, more realistic-looking mannequins have also raised criticism that the models reflect the nation's obesity problem, or even add to it according to Today.
This seems to be a very marketable product; one that would be embraced by millions of women who would love to shop in a store that had the realistic display models.
It is arguably ludicrous to think that size 12 and 14 mannequins reflect the nation’s obesity problem. They reflect real women with real curves who are certainly far from obese.
There is an eating disorder epidemic that is for sure but it’s on both sides of the spectrum. There is no doubt that obesity is a problem in the United States but there are a lot of girls and women out there who are not exactly living a healthy lifestyle in order to fit into a pair of designer jeans that are numberless. That is also a big problem.