I don't think mannequins should be plus sized or too skinny. Just make them the size the FDA and CDC say should be the weight of a person x tall. Done. Let's not make EVERYTHING complicated!
Plus-Sized Store Mannequins: Good Idea or Not?
ABC News reported on a debate that broke out on the social networking site Reddit after someone posted a photo of a very large plus-sized store mannequin, with some saying it's a great idea to have mannequins that reflect how the nearly 70 percent of Americans who are overweight or obese actually look, while others said it's a bad idea, worried that, quote, "obese will become the new normal." ABC reports that despite the fact that the average American woman is now a size 14, the typical store mannequin is a size 4 or 6. It cites Ed Gribbin, president of mannequin manufacturing company Alvanon, for why that likely is: "There is an ingrained mentality of merchants that clothing in smaller sizes looks more appealing -- it's also why runway models are so small." Body image expert and Harvard Medical School assistant professor of psychology has a related take, telling ABC, "Walking into a store and seeing nice clothes on a mannequin that has a body type similar to your own could be a huge boost for self-esteem, but it might also backfire. A lot of fashion is aspirational, such that people hope they will look like the mannequin if they buy the clothes. In our society, most people would rather be thin than obese." But things may be changing, with Gribbin saying that some retailers are beginning to use larger mannequins in response to customer feedback.