The CEO of a New Zealand fashion label is being criticized for comments she made regarding the use of thin mannequins and models to sell clothes.
Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, who is also the co-founder of WORLD, was a guest on Breakfast on One News on Monday, Oct. 13, talking about the recent controversy over a Glassons store mannequin that had protruding ribs (seriously!) and remarked that there was nothing wrong with skinny models or mannequins because clothes fit them better.
"Models have always been thin," she said. "They always have been and they always will." She continued: "Clothes look better on skinny people, they just do."
Cue the shade:
— Jason (@JasonAntill) October 13, 2014
L’Estrange-Corbet's comments led to protests on Twitter:
Justifying it b/c "clothes look better on skinny bodies", basically saying profit more important than mental health of customers. #glassons— Dinosaurs in Space! (@economosaurus) October 14, 2014
#Glassons is stupid... building mannequins with their ribs showing. Certainly won't be purchasing anything from them again!— Larissa Woodhall (@larrywoowoo) October 13, 2014
Saying issues of body image to being 'that's just how it is!' is ridiculous, young girls ARE heavily influenced by what they see! #glassons— Katherine Ward (@kt1606) October 13, 2014
However, some people defended the use of the thin mannequins and agreed with L’Estrange-Corbet's comment that "Miley Cyrus smoking dope is a much bigger issue than skinny mannequins."
"I see Miley Cyrus openly smoking dope as a much bigger issue than skinny mannequins". She has a point. #Glassons— Hannah Rai (@itshannahrai) October 14, 2014
#Glassons mannequins haven't actually changed in measurements. They have become more realistic. These Mannequins have always been this way.— AliceBrine (@AliceBrine) October 14, 2014
#Glassons. This isn't new. How many times have you walked past a mannequin with big clasps on the back of it because XXXXS is 2 big?!— AliceBrine (@AliceBrine) October 14, 2014
While others found it insulting that their slim body type was being targeted as a bad example for women.
My ribs show when I stand in a model pose. Obviously I'm setting a bad example to young girls, like the #Glassons mannequin— Callum Burnett (@CallumJLBurnett) October 14, 2014
Do you think models and mannequins set an unrealistic standard of beauty for women? What do you think of Denise's comments? Does she have a point or is she wrong?
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