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Glassons criticised for anorexic – looking models

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Glassons mannequin with ribs showing – is it a negative influence for girls? 
New Zealand chain-store giant Glassons, have recently been slammed for their use of mannequins that appear anorexic. 

Auckland psychotherapist Anna Drijver, who specialises in anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and overeating.

“It’s just ridiculous to show ribs. It’s absurd to me,” said Drijver. 

“Use of the model in a popular retail outlet like Glassons, aimed at teenagers and young women, was worrying”, she said. “It absolutely will have a negative effect on young women – and young boys as well, actually. They see these images and assume that’s what we should look like”.

“Statistically that’s not what society looks like so I think it’s a terrible idea having such mannequins in the shops.”

Most of her patients with eating disorders were in their teens, but she had treated some as young as 10.

Scarily skinny mannequins in the store have sparked a heated debate about body image, with shoppers demanding more realist displays. Law student Emily Robins, 25, shared the disturbing image of one mannequin on Twitter.

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  1. Maybe they should only have mannequins that are the average size of the people in that demographic? That will get everybody to shut up. I'm honestly sick of people making such a huge deal about skinny women. How does a mannequin look anorexic? Most of the time, you can't possibly tell who is anorexic. Larger sized people can have anorexia.

    I think the problem was that people just aren't used to seeing thin people. For my profession, I've studied human anatomy intensely. Having your ribs show a little doesn't mean you're anorexic or underweight. Sometimes a certain position can make you look skinnier than you already are. But having said all that, these pictures aren't really doing anyone any justice. I'd love to see more pictures of the mannequins….even though they really do not look like they are too skinny.

    And for the record, this isn't scary-skinny. I mean…the person who posted the image online must not be aware of what "scary skinny" really looks like. Because I've studied art for most of my life, I've had to draw naked people…a lot. I can tell you right now that moving around naturally or posing can cause the ribcage to protrude in some naturally skinny individuals. Emily Robins needs to take a chill pill. Either that or take a live figure drawing class. 😛

    xo Azu

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  3. If they think these are anorexic, they haven't seen the Luisa Via Roma mannequins they sometimes put in the store window here in Florence. Their legs are skinnier than my arms! At list this one looks human…

    Bella Pummarola

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