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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Debenhams Size 16 Mannequins the Debate

Image of Debenhams Size 16 Model
There has been massive debate all over Facebook and other social media sites about the launch of the Size 16 mannequins in Debenhams.  Who would have thought that this could bring such controversy.

I learnt of this revelation today after a radio station posted about it on Facebook and it appeared on my feed.  I have to say that I spent a good while reading about it on google and then sat for around half an hour reading everyone's comments - many vulgar.  It has really wound me up.

I think that the 'larger' mannequin is equally as lovely as the 'smaller' sized mannequin and I think it is nice to see how this particular dress sits on both sizes.  Albeit, this would be the 'perfect 16' and from one 16 to another - I definitely am not so perfectly formed with my baby belly and slightly larger thighs.  However I am not overweight and I was really annoyed about the comments that suggested that just because people are size 16s they must be unhealthy and/or overweight.

I am 5'11 and I checked my BMI - it is well within the healthy range for my height and weight ratio.  I eat healthy foods and do exercise (ok in moderation I admit).    I also know people who are heavier and shorter than I but are still a only a size 12/14!  People really need to adjust their brains and get out of the mindset that larger sizes automatically means FAT, after all, muscle weights more.  Remember Gladiators?  The ladies weighed around 13+ stone, some of whom were size 16 but didn't have an inch of fat on them.

*I'd also just like to clarify that I am not prejudice towards larger sizes (as one of my comments below may suggest)  I realise they are also 'people'.  I obviously didn't express that in my unedited post so I apologise if I caused offence by capitalising the word fat.*    

The other side of the argument were size 16 ladies being insulting towards the skinnier ladies - saying they aren't real Woman - c'mon now, we are all 'real' - last time I checked.  Skinny doesn't always bring body confidence - nor does it spell out eating disorder.   Society needs to get over this but sadly it won't happen.

I would love to see all different sized mannequins in our department stores. I do not think that they promote unhealthy lifestyles at all.  People are in control of their own mouths.

Am I wrong?  How do you feel about this subject?  I understand everyone has their own opinions so feel free to be vocal.

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  1. "get out of the mindset that larger sizes automatically means FAT"

    Maybe also get out of the mindset that "FAT" would be a bad thing to be. Guess what? People who are size 22 are still people! And some of them like being (whisper it) "FAT"!

    1. i agree with you, it doesn't matter so long as people are happy.

  2. I agree with you and I'm so glad you said about how being skinny doesn't mean an eating disorder. I always see rude comments made about VS models and how they "aren't real" and that they aren't eating properly, it's all rubbish. I'm slim and have always been told I was anorexic, what are these people on? Slim does not mean an eating problem and larger does not mean obese/unhealthy.

    I'm glad you posted about this, bring it to the attention of lots of other people and hopefully people will see things in a different light.

    Claudia xx

    Beauty and the Chic

  3. Couldn't have put it better myself! I'm a size 8-10 but I have to say it's ridiculous the uproar this has caused. I think it's refreshing to see how clothing may look on a different body shape. At the end of the day, as long as you're happy and healthy, it shouldn't matter whether you're a size 6 or a size 24! x

  4. It boggles my mind that people know, and have bigger ppl in their family and are still bothered by things like this. Regardless of why someone is big shouldn't be that much of a concern for folks to voice their distaste for a plastic mannequin. I promise they will get over it before they know it if more stores carried them in with the smaller ones.

  5. Ugh, what a non-issue. I can't believe people get all hot under the collar about it. A nice variety of mannequin shapes and sizes really does display the clothes better anyway.

  6. Wow, talk about a useless controversy! I think you're right! I had a friend who was severely underweight and all she ever ate was chocolate cookies! On the other hand, I had a friend who exercised a lot and weighed more because she was muscular. It's not just about what you eat, but also genetics and your metabolism.

    I think so long as you're being healthy (as in not "fat" because of unhealthy eating habits and all that), it's better than being "skinny" by starving yourself. I've heard of kpop idols who go on insane diets like nothing but water for 5 days or a sweet potato and a banana per day because they are "fat" when they are already falling close to underweight. And that's taking into account that the BMI for Asians is less because of bone structure and all that. So it's really stupid media perception that is making such a big deal.

    Ok, rant over, I just want to close with the fact that all mannequins creep me out, size super skinny or size not so super skinny. THEY HAVE NO EYES @.@

    Thanks for sharing such a truthful post! It's great :)

    Random things and Strange whims

  7. Its nice to see that they do that.


  8. Great post! I think its good to have small & larger mannequins. I agree with you, I'm skinny & last time I checked I was a real woman lol!

  9. I think it can only be a good thing to see how a garment looks on a variety of sizes. I will never be a size 8, it's just not how I'm built and having size 8-10 mannequins doesn't bother me at all, but I do think it would be really helpful to see something on a mannequin that's closer to my size. It would make shopping in store much easier and might encourage me to hit the highstreet a little more often rather than shopping online all the time!

    Jennie xo |

  10. So let me see if i understand it right. You are about 180cm and wearing the size 40? That is actually quite normal. I don't understand why people always have the need to debate about weight & sizes...if you're healthy & you feel good in your skin - everything is fine.
    I'm glad the put different kind of mannequins in the stores btw.


  11. great post! very interesting and I think it is great! would you like to follow eachother?

  12. I agree with you, vary up the mannequins.. why not!

    I don't see the need of having two mannequins wearing the same dress though, maybe it's just me but I don't look at mannequins to see how the dress looks on somebody, I look at a mannequin to see how the shop have styled it. What belt looks good with it? Or what necklace?

    Because no matter whether it's a size 16 or a size 8, mannequins are not realistic and don't depict what real women look like.

    Awesome post! xo

  13. Couldn't agree more Laura, last time i checked 14 was the UK average, yet all the mannequins are still 8/10, it's not a reflection of reality, its was media lead us to believe! How many times do you go into a store looking for size 12/14 and there are none. How often do you go to the sales and all that's left are 8's or 20's! Great post! x

  14. I can't beleive that people are upset about a size 16 mannequin. I for one am a 12/14 and it's truly hard to judge how clothing will look on me. We all know for a fact that it's not gonna look like it does on the standard mannequins.

  15. I personally don't think that the numbers matter. As long as you are happy in your own skin then that is all that matters. I think it's great that they have different sized mannequins because not everyone is the same size, and it's nice to see how a clothing item will look on both! Thanks for posting this! x

  16. completely agree! well said :)
    abi from a little dust


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