Other stores have done the same, and the pros and cons are being hotly debated.
I can definitely see both sides. I’m not quite sure where I come out on this as yet. The debate hits on all points ranging from self-esteem, to appreciating that stores are placing “real life sized” mannequins in the store, to arguing that it is encouraging obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, and to the fashion world’s idea of fantasy in displaying clothing. I think I have enough things in this media crazed world to affect my self-esteem. I had not, until now, thought at all about a store’s mannequin and its size.
The online debate reflects a real-world conflict. Nearly 70 percent of Americans now fall into the overweight or obese category, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average American woman is a size 14. Yet in a sort of reverse vanity sizing, the typical store mannequin remains a svelte size 4 or 6.