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Topshop criticised by parents for toothin mannequins which look like famine victims

first_imgHer post has been shared hundreds of times as parents agreed that the mannequins were too thin.One angered commentator wrote: “Those mannequins look anorexic, how is promoting eating disorders a good thing?”Another said: “They look like victims of famine! It’s not a good look for girls!”A leading UK youth charity criticised Topshop, branding their ultra-thin mannequins “insidious.”Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of the National Council of YMCAs, a founding partner of body image campaign Be Real, said: “It’s shocking to see the return of ultra-thin mannequins at Topshop, almost two years after the retailer said it will stop using them.”Once again young women and girls are presented with an ‘ideal’ body type that’s unrealistic and unhealthy for the majority of people to achieve.”Only ever seeing one body type in fashion advertising, particularly an extremely thin body type, risks creating an insidious pressure to attempt to become something we’re not.”This is why we launched the Body Image Pledge last year to urge the advertising, fashion, media and music industries to be responsible in the way they portray body image.”While many clothing brands and retailers have started to reflect society’s diversity in their advertising recently, reintroducing underweight mannequins back to the high street risks undoing all the great progress we’ve achieved over the last few years.”Topshop declined to comment. “Amen baby. Amen. Who’s up for screaming in anger with me and my girl?” ‘Look at that, Mum! I mean just LOOK at it. Me and M couldn’t believe it as we walked past! I mean, it’s not surprising that so many of my friends think they are fat or just don’t like their bodies.’Are girls not meant to be happy whatever size they are? Are we not meant to even f—ing EAT?! I like food. I like to eat good food but LOOK AT THEM, I am so ANGRY.’I am never shopping there. TOPSHOP need to hear the things I hear when girls talk. It’s places like that making my friends think their bodies aren’t beautiful and that they shouldn’t eat food they love and it makes me want to scream.’ Parents have spoken out about Topshop’s use of ‘too-thin’ mannequins to promote their clothing.The high street chain two years ago promised to stop using stick-thin mannequins in their stores, but it appears they are now using new ones.Mother Zoe Mason spoke of how her 15-year-old daughter was shocked when she saw the figures in a shop window in Herefordshire.She wrote on Facebook: “My Biggest Girl went into town with her friend after school yesterday. They went around the shops to try to find a birthday present for another friend of theirs.”I was quite taken aback when they first things that tumbled out of my girl’s mouth were words full of crossness. She thrust her phone under my nose and showed me this picture and said, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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