Topshop is the latest retailer whose store mannequins are causing an uproar amongst customers. The British fast fashion peddler was called out by a shopper for impossibly skinny mannequins displayed in-store. Becky Hopper, who was shopping with her friend at a Topshop location at St. Stephen’s Shopping Center in Hull, England, noticed that the mannequins had extremely skinny legs – legs that were, in fact, significantly smaller than her friend’s, whom she photographed next to the display in comparison. Hopper’s friend is a size 8/10 in UK sizes, which here in America is a 4/6 – already on the slender side. The photo she took went viral and has many asking Topshop for answers.
— Becky Leigh Hopper (@BeckyLHopper) October 27, 2014
Following the overwhelming response to the picture, Hopper took to her blog to offer the details on her experience. “We walked into the shop and were in absolute shock at what faced us,” she writes. “The mannequins were thinner than any human being I have seen in my life.” Hopper says that while she realizes eating disorders aren’t exclusively caused by skinny mannequins, she argues that it is these sorts of representations of women’s bodies that continue to exacerbate the problem. “This is yet another portrayal of a very thin female body, which has been forced down the throats of society for decades. This clearly won’t help girls be comfortable with the skin they’re in.”