Debenhams introduce curvaceous lady mannequins
From today, Debenhams are launching size 16 mannequins in their flagship London store on Oxford Street, in a bid to better represent larger ladies.
Well, actually Debenhams’ line is that the mannequins ‘better represent real women’s shapes’. Ed Watson of Debenhams said: 'We’ve developed our own range of size 16 mannequins to sit alongside our usual size 10 dummies. We felt it was important to better represent what real women actually look like when advertising our clothes.’
While this is all GREAT, and reflects the average size of British women, what’s all this nonsense about ‘real' women? Even size 10 women are real, aren't they? Or are they simply ephemeral willo' the wisps who exist only in fashion? Last time I looked, any woman who isn’t made of moulded plastic qualifies as a ‘real' woman.
So tell you what Debenhams – you're leading the way in the body image stakes, but here's a challenge - mix it up even more. Add a size 14. Hell, why not whack in a size 8! And for your flagship shop window piece de resistance... a size 22 lady eating a packet of biscuits in a Slanket. Then, and only then, will we all truly feel represented.