It's been traveling around the world of Facebook lately. The photo is captioned "A Department Store in Sweden introduces normal sized mannequins. Instead of size 00, these gals are a size 12 and 16. Some are saying they condone obesity, the average woman is a size 14." Its quite hilarious actually how Facebook can go from harping on anorexic models to harping on that the average size of a today's woman falls into obesity.
I have zero problems with these mannequins. Zero. I'm comfortable in my size 6 and I'm also aware that its fact that the average woman is indeed a size 14. There is nothing more infuriating than seeing something on a mannequin and then trying the same piece of clothing on and hanging your head because it looks absolutely awful. Imagine being able to walk into a store and seeing a mannequin that's about your size and actually being able to grasp what the outfit would look like on you...ah...wonderful.
This is the same trend that has also been seen with the backlash against the excessive use of photoshop for magazines, print ads, etc. Women want to see women that actually look real. Here I'm talking about photoshop. We don't want to be confronted with these perfectly airbrushed actresses and models. Jennifer Lawrence was quoted saying (about her Dior campaign) "Of course it's photoshop, normal people don't look like that."
It's rather quite sad that we cannot accept people for the size that they are when we have no idea what they may be struggling with or what they are doing to change it. It's not about condoning obesity, we all have the right to live our lives in the way we see fit, it's about accepting women for who they are.