It is a well known fact that the average size of a woman in the UK is a size 14/16 and Debenhams are set to roll out mannequins based on this.
Debenhams trialled these mannequins a few years ago and are going to roll them out to 170 stores, they will stand alongside their existing mannequins that are a size 10.
This decision has sparked outrage amongst some people who think that women who are a size 16 are fat, unhealthy and shouldn’t be happy with themselves. Others have commented that these mannequins shouldn’t be in store as they’ll reassure women that it’s OK to be a size 16, and that it is OK to be ‘obese’.
Over the past couple of months I have been on a diet and have lost 21lbs, now a size 14 I still class myself a ‘plus size’ when I go clothes shopping. I see a dress on a mannequin and know it won’t look like that on me, but it doesn’t make me WANT to lose weight, so why would using size 16 mannequins make people WANT to be a size 16? I think shopping can be both a fun and frustrating process for anyone, whether you are a size 6 or 16 and having mannequins that are your size will help you to visualise what might suit you. There are always clothes in stores that we wouldn’t look twice at, until we see it on a mannequin and can visualise what it will look like/ how to style it. I think having mannequins that are a size 16 will help those of us that are plus size to visualise outfits that we may have thought ‘no you have to be a 6 to pull that off!’
I’m not saying being plus size is healthy, but we all deserve to be happy whether we want to lose weight or not. As humans we are all driven by different things, and I think if losing weight is something we want to do, we will regardless of what size mannequins are in stores. I don’t blame Debenhams for rolling out size 16 mannequins, if the average size of women in the UK is a 16, it’s is a HUGE percentage of their target market, so why shouldn’t they make those customers feel comfortable? Everybody needs clothes after all.
Different type of post today, but I felt the need to ramble.