Topshop will no longer display its clothing on freakishly tiny mannequins after British shopper Laura Berry posted a complaint on Facebook.
As the old saying goes, the future is now.
Another store has hurriedly rearranged its displays, after being caught using mannequins with ultra-slim waists and prominently displayed ribs.
Mannequins have (almost) always been vaguely human-shaped at best and now they're more avant-garde and less person-like than ever before.
It's not just the merkin-working American Apparel mannequins! In an attempt to woo customers, retailers are tinkering with more realistic models, adding everything from heads to tattoos and back fat.
Very few actual human bodies are built like mannequins. Hell, actual human clothes don't even fit mannequins, hence the plentiful binding clips that pull and tease clothing they're supposed to model into the proper configuration. But that may be changing.
Are mannequins just garment enhancers that let prospective consumers visualize what an outfit looks like on a human body, or are they creepy holdovers from the Egyptian aesthetes that first help shape the Western gaze? Both, of course — according to a recent overview of mannequin history in Collectors Weekly, the…
"It's special to see yourself like this." That's what one woman says when a mannequin resembling herself is unveiled.
Recently inside a certain store — let's call it, uh, Pineapple Commonwealth — a casual browsing turned into a frustrating discovery: Everything on display had been pulled, cinched, pinned and manipulated to create incredibly misleading illusions. These people were selling a pack of lies.
Mumbai wants to ban lingerie-clad mannequins because the dummies might provoke men to rape real women. Cool plan, bros.
This mannequin is from the Swedish department store Åhléns. Notice anything different about it? Unlike its waifish cousins silently judging you from the Wet Seal store window, this mannequin is based on a model between sizes 12 and 16 (according to Good's Yasha Wallin, the average woman is a size 14).
Whoa, whoa whoa. Are retailers finally realizing that size zero is not an accurate representation of the average shopper? Maybe. At least in the UK. At least according to one company.
Retailers have finally figured out how to lure customers back into stores: More unusual mannequins. The theory is that mannequins with more personality will help customers imagine what they'd look like in an outfit — if they were posing in one position and possibly lacking a head.
• According to the Daily Mail, there is a such thing as the Jennifer Aniston Effect. No, this has nothing to do with weeping silently into your pillow over your lack of babies or Brad — it's about your hair.