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When I saw the picture of the mannequins modeling lingerie at a Swedish clothing store being spread around the socialsphere, all I could think was, "Finally!"
In fact, I didn't know it was a picture of mannequins at first. One mannequin has a thinner, leaner build, while the other has a bigger chest and curvier hips. They had "real" bodies! While these two don't exactly represent all of the different body types out there, it's most certainly a step in the right direction, and for that I commend you, Swedish retailer.
It's definitely a departure from the rail-thin, unrealistic mannequins we have here in the U.S. The Earl of Samwich compared the Swedish mannequin photo to a photo of mannequins from a Macy's and the contrasts were startling. If these 5'10" toothpick-thin models at Macy's are supposed to represent us then why do they look nothing like most of us?
It's about time someone started getting realistic. Battling bad body image is hard enough as it is -- we don't need to be constantly reminded of a standard that's been set for us, but not by us.
Props to this Swedish clothing retailer for keeping it real -- hopefully the trend will catch on and we will start appreciating how different and unique all of our womanly bodies are, in all of our womanly glory.