Mannequin With Protruding Ribs Sparks Controvery In Glasgow

Budget fashion chain Primark became the center of a controversy recently for displaying a too-thin mannequin in a store-front window in Glasgow.

A picture of the mannequin was snapped by shopper Mel Fraser, which Fraser then posted on Twitter with the caption, “Dear Primark, is it really necessary that these new mannequins have protruding ribs?”

The image gathered lots of traction on social media, garnering thousands of retweets and provoking heated messages from concerned consumers.

Fraser argued that she’s not skinny bashing, but that the mannequin could be sending the wrong message to “fashion-conscious girls” who shop at Primark.

“I’m concerned that it sends a dangerous message to impressionable teenagers,” she said.

Primark agrees to change window display

Primark responded to the issue right away, assuring they would change the window display and look into the use of mannequins in their stores.

“The mannequins you describe, which are currently on display in our windows, will not be used in this way again,” Primark tweeted. “Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.”

Beat, UK eating disorder charity, commented on the mannequin issue to Express, stating that they advocate a broader representation of body shapes and sizes among store mannequins.

“We know that the fashion and advertising industry doesn’t cause eating disorders – they’re much more complex than that, but what we do know is that they are a powerful influence which could be part of the solution, rather than being blamed for the problem,” a Beat spokesperson said.

Last year, a Swedish retailer made positive headlines when full-figured mannequins were spotted in the store’s lingerie department.

Source: Express UK

Image courtesy of tigger11th/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

The information provided on EatingDisorders.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes and we encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician if they believe that they have an eating disorder. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of EatingDisorders.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

Copyright © 2008-2017 EatingDisorders.com.
Company Information

© 2017 EatingDisorders.com. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of EatingDisorders.com's terms of service and privacy policy. The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.