Shopping for me is a pain at best, and traumatizing at worst. Unflattering lighting, three-way mirrors, and those damn stick-figure mannequins that seems to be modeled after the Olsens. It’s one thing to be jealous of impossibly thin celebrities—it’s quite another to envy the figure of a plastic, headless doll.
Well, it seems that I’m not the only one who feels this way, at least about the mannequins. The entire country of Spain agrees. The Health Ministry of Spain and major retailers like Zara and Mango have come to the agreement that the skeletal mannequins must be banned.
“We are aiming for a model of healthy beauty,” Angeles Heras, director of consumer affairs at the Health Ministry, told MSNBC. “There is a lot pressure, not just from the fashion world but society in general, for women to seek models of beauty that are unreal and even unhealthy.”
Amen to that. When inanimate objects start contributing to the pressure on women to be thin, it’s time to take a stand.
Mannequins in major retailers will soon be filling out pants no smaller than a U.S. size 6, which, in my opinion, is still quite small, especially if they intend on keeping the mannequins the same giraffe-like height.
What I’d like to see in the U.S. are mannequins that reflect the size of the average American woman—5’4” and 152 pounds. Maybe that would do something about the grown women shopping in the juniors department for belly-baring camis paired with tight jeans four sizes too small.