Following on from my last post on the topic, yesterday I can across a heated debate on body size on British Vogue’s Facebook page. The post in question was about whether or not their followers found a mannequin, that has since been removed from the La Perla store it was placed in, to be offensive. The mannequin was of a skinny female that showed ribs slightly protruding as she sported a bikini. The mannequin had a little but of a stomach and medium sized breasts, with ‘normal’ sized arms.
My personal stance on the issue was that it was in no way offensive and should have been allowed to stay, perhaps better if it was placed alongside mannequins of different realistic body shapes and sizes. This does not mean that I endorse any eating or body disorder in any way; I do not encourage anyone to try and look that way. However, I believe that it was a positive sign that a mannequin was made as a real shape. From the comments made on the post, it became clear that I was in no way the only girl who was shaped like the mannequin; nor was I the only one who has been harassed because of my size (natural, and perfectly healthy for me).
Unfortunately, like other controversial posts not everyone agreed that it was good. Many people took to saying that yes, it was offensive and couldn’t be anything realistic of women. Many are concerned that it would encourage girls and boys to become anorexic. Other posts were a little less kind in their views. Some viewers posted negative, and in many opinions downright nasty, comments about the mannequin being an “alien”, ugly” and “disgusting”. Now I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions; you may not personally be interested in that body shape. That’s fine. Why though must people be so cruel? I do not believe that making other people feel bad about what God gave them is warranted. It does the same amount of damage that any mannequin could do to girls or boys who aren’t comfortable in their own bodies. Besides, if the store was trying to encourage anorexia, than surely the mannequin would have been stick thin, had a collarbone and even more ribs showing, and definitely not have big breasts, thighs or stomach. Yes I understand people are impressionable, but in that case they need to look closer to the underlying problem by seeking the help of a professional and support from family members and friends (please do not find me harsh in that, I understand it is a serious condition and I hope anyone who has any disorder whatsoever is able to find happiness and regain a healthy lifestyle).
The skinny bashing has to stop. NOW. Just as people should have the right to be represented by fuller figured mannequins and models, so should those who are naturally skinny and cannot help the way they are.
I have done a quick research of Facebook pages who share a similar view. One particular page is called ‘Healthily, naturally skinny’. It is a new page that promotes a healthy lifestyle and offers support for those who have been victimised because they are naturally thin.