Skinny Mannequins…

The controversy around mannequins is spreading like wild fire.

The latest one is Primark having a female mannequin on display in the Glasgow Braehead branch with its ribs protruding and a customer tweeted to complain.BtGWI1iIgAAVkeU

‘Dear @Primark, is it really necessary that these new mannequins have protruding ribs??’

This tweet got a lot of attention on twitter and was quickly retweeted over 1,650 times with tweeters using words like ‘shocking,’ ‘utterly terrifying,’ and ‘disgusting.’

Mel Fraser, who tweeted the original tweet said on Instagram ‘and before I get anyone else saying that I’m skinny bashing, I’m not, I’d just like to see mannequins in clothing stores being different shapes and sizes rather than young girls thinking that this is the only way to be!!’

With all the attention the tweet was receiving Primark promptly stepped in and said

@Melfyx Mel, thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’ll speak to our team tomorrow. Can you let us know what store this was pls?’

And then in just three days Primark confirmed that the display had been removed and shall not be used again.

@Melfyx we’re currently changing our window displays. The mannequins you describe will not be used in this way again.’

Lots of retailers are buying plus size mannequins now, or just a slightly fuller mannequin to represent a more realistic view of what most people really look like.

We would love to know your thoughts on this. Do you think Primark were out of line with the skinny mannequin or do you think there was no harm done using it?