The La Perla Mannequin Controversy

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?

Photo credit: Twitter/Michael Rudoy

2 thoughts on “The La Perla Mannequin Controversy”

  1. “Do you find this mannequin offensive?”

    Oh my … the question is offensive !!! Would a 4x model be offensive ? How about a woman with a disability, physical or mental would that be offensive ?

    In a nut shell, the human body is not offensive. Sculptors, painters and photographers like me would think that the human form is beautiful.

    Now history will show us that there are trends that changes with time. In fact she would of been the perfect model back in the ’20 and ’30s, Twiggy was about her shape. In medieval time she would of been considered poor and uneducated since the upper class was rounder and much heavier. Now days she represents a negative image of anorexia, this said she could just be someone with a fast metabolism that can eat like a horse without gaining a gram of fat on her body.

    As far as La Perla is concerned, they went against the current trend of the fashion industry, removing the model was a marketing mistake in my opinion. They could assume their choice, defend the idea that there are different body type and that they simply diversify their models to represent all woman and reply with a size 4X model followed by a size 11 and so on. Exploiting and taking advantage of the quake caused by the public opinion.

    On this subject I say shame on La Perla for withdrawing their model as if their choice was shameful, as if the model was not beautiful enough. I also say shame on the dude with his offensive question on Facebook and whoever thought that it is offensive to have a fast metabolism.

    I feel that we, as a society should start accepting people for who they are and not for how they conform to the idea of beauty published by the fashion industry in general.

    I will say this … the whole situation sounds like grown up fashion bullying to me. Once again shame on all who dare think that she is not beautiful.

    I am done venting … 🙂

    Liz, love for all.

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