I have to take my hat off to young Laura Berry from Stroud. If you’re of a US persuasion, or indeed UK or elsewhere persuasion, you may not have heard of her. However she deserves a pat on the back.
On a recent visit to the clothing chain Topshop, she reached the end of her tether with the ‘tree tall, stick thin’ mannequins, and as she put it clearly, ‘ I used my size 10/12 legs to walk straight out of your store.’ This might not have mattered to the chain, who could just have shrugged Gallically and gone, ‘Meh.’ Unfortunately for them, the admirable Ms Berry chose to put her outraged message on Facebook, where it garnered a very respectable many thousand likes in only a few hours.
Topshop has agreed to start phasing out the Skeletors. Good. But then they backpedal. They claim that the offending mannequins were never meant to be a ‘representation of the average female body.’ Well no shit, Sherlock. What are they supposed to be then, you dimwits?
In the same week as this happened, the following picture appeared as part of a campaign for one of the major fashion houses. What do you think to this? I’m betting you don’t need me to tell you what I think. Especially as the tagline is ‘NEW NORMAL.’