It's not just underwear ads that are making people angry these days.
On Monday, student Becky Hopper posted a Twitter photo of her friend standing next to a Topshop mannequin.
— Becky Leigh Hopper (@BeckyLHopper) October 27, 2014
As a result of the jarring difference between the shapes of the mannequin and the girl, people took to Twitter to share their outrage over the thin mannequin being used as a standard size for women.
Here are some of their reactions:
@shaungill91 Nope! It doesn't exactly encourage teenagers to be healthy if they think that's what's desirable!— Becky Leigh Hopper (@BeckyLHopper) October 27, 2014
— Ru- Ruby Thomas (@ILoveRuToo) October 28, 2014
— Ashley Mus Mus (@twoforjoy2013) October 28, 2014
Topshop released a statement on the controversy, saying:
"Topshop has long made it a priority to showcase a healthy size image to its customer from the choice of models used in the campaigns, to the stories run online and on the blog. The mannequins Topshop uses are not bespoke to Topshop and are supplied by a company that has been working with leading retailers for the past 30 years. The mannequin in question has been used in stores the past four years and is based on a standard UK size 10. The overall height, at 187cm, is taller than the average girl and the form is a stylised one to have more impact in store and create a visual focus.
Mannequins are made from solid fibreglass, so in order for clothing to fit, the form of the mannequins needs to be of certain dimensions to allow clothing to be put on and removed; this is therefore not meant to be a representation of the average female body."
Unfortunately, there are some people who still believe that mannequins should stay the same size (ie. thin).
Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, the New Zealand CEO of WORLD, recently said that there's nothing wrong with the size of models and mannequins because clothes fit them better. "Clothes look better on skinny people, they just do," she said.
Meanwhile, Becky clearly didn't care that she doesn't look like a Topshop mannequin.
Celebrating not looking like a Topshop mannequin. 😂 pic.twitter.com/Cv8Tm0xa9w— Becky Leigh Hopper (@BeckyLHopper) October 29, 2014
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