Once again, the use of a plus size mannequin has stirred debate about fashion, obesity and body image. The Swedish department store Ahlens has a mannequin that represents the curvier woman with its rounded stomach and larger bust line.
The store’s choice has sparked debate about whether the use of mannequins are encouraging women to be at an unhealthy weight or whether it is good for a woman’s body image to see a mannequin that represents the average size of today’s women.
It is interesting that this debate comes at a time when many countries such as Britain and Spain, are placing limits to designers as to what size models can be used to represent their clothing lines. However, I believe it is a smart move for retailers who are trying to appeal to women who are interested to see accurate representations of their size. What do you think? Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Fab Over Forty!