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La Perla Thinks The Best Accessory For Its Mannequins Is A Visible Ribcage


La Perla Thinks The Best Accessory For Its Mannequins Is A Visible Ribcage

Upscale lingerie designer La Perla has come under hot water this week for utilizing at least one mannequin that many have called too thin. Michael Rudoy tweeted this photo of a La Perla mannequin whose ribcage is visible:

The mannequin was spotted in La Perla’s store in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Numerous other people retweeted and responded to the photo regarding how negatively they felt about the mannequin, including Seth Matlin, an advocate for truth in advertising.

Here’s the thing: I would actually not feel negatively towards this type of mannequin if the way mannequins were manufactured was different. If there was a significantly wider variety of mannequins, having a very thin one would not be nearly as big of an issue. This is not the case, however; in fact, despite the fact that mannequins are primarily made to be very thin, brands like Old Navy have even been caught photoshopping thigh gap onto them. They literally picked out and ordered a specific size of fake human, then decided that was still not small enough. Obviously, models are constantly photoshopped to look thinner despite being cast at least in part for their size; the industry norm is almost exclusively under a size 4, which to me is what makes the encouragement of a less-than-zero body type so problematic.

To La Perla’s credit, the label said regarding the issue:

“The mannequin photographed has been removed from the store and will not be used again by any La Perla boutique. We are in the process of redesigning all La Perla stores with a new concept image and the mannequins that are currently displayed in our US stores will no longer be used. We appreciate and value everyone’s comments, thank you for bringing this to our attention.”

Fortunately, they didn’t pull a “sorry you feel that way” pseudo-apology–those are always the worst. Hopefully (though doubtfully) this will push a bit of new thought into its “new concept image.”

Photo: Michael Rudoy/Twitter

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    I do appreciate that a man to pointed out the fact that this is not okay, though.

  • J_Doe5686

    This is getting out of control. If you combine the ribs + thigh gap + bikini bridge you get a trip to rehab/hospital for undernourishment and anorexia. I’d rather have none of the above even though society pushes that image on all of us.

  • SunVegPup

    Considering la petal only makes bras up to a size b (they claim is a c,
    But they run super small)…I’m not surprised. That being said, seriously, la perla? Super underweight mannequins?! Blegh.

    • Kapibara-san

      I don’t think that super underweight though? I’m pretty slim but still normal weight, but if I stand like that my ribs might show. I’m not saying ribs on mannequins are necessary, but it also doesn’t mean they’re supposed to be anorexic.

    • Psych Student

      That’s a good point. It is easy to, in the attempt promote body acceptance for people who aren’t size 2, we forget that there *are* people who are size 0, 1, 2, etc. and those people want to see clothes on mannequins/models their size as well. So, a super skin mannequin next to a larger size mannequin might be better. And we need to not put down thin people in order to raise up not thin people.