What on earth is a ‘normal woman’ anyway….?!
So there is a massive debate going on on my Facebook feed at the moment. A store in Sweden has started using mannequins in a size 12-16. This is obviously a great development as opposed to the usual very slender size 00-0 that we are accustomed to seeing in stores all over the world.
There are a few points I’d like to make….first of all, what on earth is a ‘normal woman’ anyway? As far as I’m concerned, it’s however you happen to come into the world. Dress size is not only influenced by how much weight you do or do not carry, there are other factors involved such as height and natural build. I think we have to be really specific with the words and phrases we use to describe what we want to see happen here. Describing a ‘normal woman’ as a size 12-16 could then make anyone who doesn’t fit into that category feel ‘abnormal’? Bad terminology.
I’m 5’3. Short in anyone’s book! I wear a size 6-8 and I have a tendency to loose too much weight due to a very fast metabolism which I hate. I’ve spent my time in the gym trying to gain weight and keep fit (as in my heart and lungs nice and healthy). I am, as are most women in the world, not completely happy with the way I look. As far as the influence of the models that we see gracing the catwalks go….well I work around these women on a daily basis and I must say, at no point in time have I wanted to loose weight because of seeing them. I would love to see a more varied and realistic portion of society represented, but the real problem here is how we see ourselves. You could say that I have been influenced by these women, I know that I would rather work out in the gym to gain weight and some lovely curves than lose weight. Personal choice, we all like different things. I think it’s really important to aspire to something achievable and healthy for yourself as an individual.
No one is completely satisfied with their own personal image.
I think it’s important to remember that it is in your control to alter your body shape if you’re not happy. It’s not easy and it does take hard work! The most important thing of all is to make sure that you’re healthy, there are so many benefits to exercise and eating well I can’t even count them!!
Being a small dress size won’t solve all the problems in the world. I wear a small dress size because I’m short and small framed. I might be a small dress size but I definitely don’t look like the size 0 mannequins used in stores. I’m nowhere near as toned and my arse has definitely NEVER looked that good!!!!
Stores should take the responsibility or representing a realistic range of figures and sizes. This won’t, however, solve people’s own personal self image problems. If you check out the Facebook feed about the images above you’ll find women of a size 14-16 saying that they still look nothing like the mannequins that have been introduced. It’s important to remember that these mannequins are sales tools used to portray to us how we think we could look if we purchase whatever she is wearing. Be a bit smart and don’t fall into the trap.
Check out the Facebook debate and have your say: