The high end lingerie retailer La Perla got in trouble recently for using an extremely thin mannequin in a New York store. Both a customer and a Truth in Advertizing advocate complained, and within hours, the mannequin was removed and an apology issued.
Here’s an article about the drama in British Vogue called La Perla’s Mannequin Drama
Even a Facebook post by my favourite lingerie blogger asked the question “Do you find this mannequin offensive?”
Woah. Wait just a minute there. If this was a large body style mannequin, could we even ask that question? The world would freak.
And what about if you have a body type just like, or similar to, that of the thin mannequin? Vogue, a top lingerie blogger and a lingerie brand has either acknowledged or has entertained the concept that your body type is offensive? They just can’t do that.
Forum discussions included reader comments about the Holocaust, eating disorders and starvation. In my opinion, it’s no different that discussing a plus sized mannequin and making references to low self-esteem, junk food or lack of healthy lifestyle choices. Not true and fair!!
If you read my nonsense, you know I’m not a big fan of critical correctness but sheesh. When those who are super sensitive start getting hypocritical, I feel the need to speak up.
Truth in Advertizing dude, which body-type segment of the buying public are you trying to protect? Ye Who Is Addicted to Lingerie, your “No Body Snark” rule might have bend a little by the way the article and controversy was presented.
And La Perla, you’ve disappointed this girl. The body type you’ve allowed to be deemed offensive is the exact body type some of your customers possess.
Or did I totally miss the point?
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