Make clothing mannequins that represent us
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Clothing mannequins are often too thin. Some portray unrealistic body sizes/shapes that are unhealthy if not impossible to achieve. It promotes serious self-esteem issues and eating disorders. We should feel beautiful without sacrificing our health.
This is a call for clothing retailers to step up take responsibility and move towards using mannequins that:
- would fall in the healthy BMI category: A recent study found mannequin bodies to be "representative of a severely underweight woman"
- represent diverse shapes and sizes of the human body: even within the healthy range, there is huge variation so why suggest we should all look the same with one uniform mannequin build?
- It effects men and women but young girls are particularly vulnerable. Eating disorders are one type of a serious condition that can be fuelled by the image of mannequins
- Physical AND mental health are at risk and this could easily be avoided
- Barbies with more realistic figures have been developed. Why can't we do the same with the bodies that display the very clothes we wear?
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