Oasis mannequin sparks outrage
A photo of an Oasis mannequin with 'disgustingly skinny' legs and
impossible proportions has provoked outrage as fashion brands are urged
to use more realistic dummies.
Rhiannon Cosslett was sent the image, taken at the chain's Westfield
London branch, by a friend and posted it on Twitter saying: "This is
disgusting, damaging and irresponsible @oasisfashion, not to mention
really weird." And many women seemed to agree. "Ffs is this a joke," one
commenter wrote. 'Sticks as legs?'
One inventive Twitter user edited the photo to make the feet into
hands, suggesting that Oasis mistakenly used arms as "spare parts".
Ms Cosslett, a freelance writer who co-founded The Vagenda blog, said
most respondents agreed that the mannequin looked ridiculous and unlike
a human body.
She told The Independent some people had argued that dummies should
not be taken seriously and that young women do not aspire to look like
"This spectacularly misses the point," Ms Cosslett said. "All aspects
of the fashion industry encourage exaggerated thinness and across all
media, women are being sent the message that they look rubbish in
clothes unless they essentially annihilate their curves and starve
themselves in order to attempt to adhere to a body type that only a
small percentage of women naturally have.
"The clothes on the mannequin are the clothes that you buy to put on
your body, after all, yet no human bodies look like that."
She also dismissed allegations of 'skinny shaming', saying most
people only wanted to see more diversity in fashion."Why can't fashion
celebrate all types of women?" the writer asked. "Having boobs and an
arse is, for many women, a terminal condition with no cure. Why not
start recognising that."
- The Independent