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Spain Bans Ultra-Thin Mannequins

Women are made to feel awful about their healthy size. Who could blame them with all the super thin models and celebrities glorifying their bony frames? When we go shopping, the latest fashions of tight leggings and skinny jeans are no help. Of course, smooth-skinned size zero plastic mannequins, reminding us that we could never look like that, are modeling them.

Of course, in our hearts, we know we wouldn't want to anyway, because we know how models get to size zero. These stupidly thin fashion dummies contribute to the perception that skinny is the only way to go, which in turn contributes to eating disorders. Well I can tell you that starving myself is not on my list of things to do.

Madrid and Milan banned ultra-thin models from their fashion week runways late last year, and this year the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced guidelines designed to help models eat and live more healthfully (wa-hoo!).

I was happy to find out that Spain is also taking a step towards banishing this unachievable standard. I didn't know this but about 1 in 5 Spanish women between the ages of 13 and 22 suffer from an eating disorder.

One step Spain is taking is to get rid of the super skinny mannequins in clothing stores. All mannequins will be replaced with ones that are no smaller than a size 6. They are also planning on dealing with the issue of sizes. In one store a size can fit you just right, but in another store, that same size can be too tight. So all sizes will become standardized in all stores.

Spain is aiming to make the standard go from unreal and unhealthy, to a standard of healthy beauty. Italy is becoming interested as well. I'm hoping that these recent moves made by Spain will encourage all of the world's countries to make the change to support healthy women's bodies.

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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
I applaud Spain for doing this. Young girls need to know what "normal" really is and SEE it in stores. The standardized size issue is also HUGE. A couple years ago I went into the GAP to celebrate losing 30lbs and thought I'd buy some jeans. Every size I tried on felt like they were the same size.(too small) Frustrated I left the changing room and laid a pair of their size 14 jeans on the counter--then placed a pair of size 6 on top of them. I matched the seams and guess what! THE EXACT SAME...but the size 14's were three inches longer. Gee...that was whacked. I suppose all size 14 people are just taller? I showed it to the manager and she shrugged. I viewed this as false advertising.
bethiesny bethiesny 10 years
How about when you shop in a "plus-size" story like Lane Bryant? They have slightly bigger mannequins, but they still pin the clothes super tight so they look skinny. What an insult!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
It's never bothered me that the mannequins were so skinny because they still put big clothes on them. The shirts and things are just pinned up in the back to pull them taught, which distorts the clothes.
redegg redegg 10 years
That's good news. I remeber when I worked at Express clothing about 10 years ago all the mannequins were size 6. I wonder what they are now.
N-e-e-c-a-l-l-e N-e-e-c-a-l-l-e 10 years
In my hometown a couple of storestried the so called "more realistic mannequins" thing and it was ridiculous...essentially all they did was take the normal size zero mannequins and add a disporportionally ample butt and d cup lets all picture it...size zero.. with a jlo type butt and pamela andersons about Barbie like porportions..entirely unachievable and I think it made me feel even less adequate then the regular mannequins. Anyways Bring on the size 6 mannequins!! and standardized sizes!!
italygal italygal 10 years
ugh, every day when i walk to work i pass by this shop and the mannequins in the window are ridiculously skinny. i'm pretty sure their thighs are the same size as my arms. the us definitely needs to follow spain.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I agree - SHopping is just a pain in the A**. When are they gonna do that in the US is what I'd like to know.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
ooo i love that they are gonna standardise the clothing sizes!
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