Curvy Fashionistas rejoice! The chances of seeing a mannequin in a store window bigger than a size 4 just got better – thanks to multi-grammy winning singer Adele.
But thanks to Adele and Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks, the media is slowly embracing the fact that women with curves can be objects of desire, not ridicule. It was a big deal when Adele was on the cover of Vogue!
After Demi Moore’s groundbreaking photo on Vanity Fair where she was nude, pregnant and sexy, it still took about 20 years for the public to accept the idea of pregnant women as sexy. Which is why Mannequin Madness now carries pregnant mannequins that look like this:
So while our sales of plus size mannequins has increased thanks to Adele, there is still not public acceptance of plus sizes. This is why plus size mannequins are rarely seen in store windows or on the main floor where the glamour mannequins are. They are typically relegated to the second or third floor of major department stores.
Only in stores that specifically cater to plus size women do you see plus size mannequins prominently displayed.
Over the thousands of mannequins we recycle each year for retail chains, only a small fraction of the mannequins we acquire from them are larger than a size 6. (Note: a size 10 is a plus size in the world of mannequins.) We get a lot of goofy looking plus size mannequins like this one:
If you see a plus size mannequin in a window display, snap a photo and send it to us. We want to post them on our blog so we can keep track how many plus size mannequins are really being showcased.
Who knows perhaps one day in the future it will won’t be a big deal to see a plus size and a size 6 mannequin standing side by side in a window display at a major retail store. Wouldn’t it be “a wonderful world” if once in a while a retailer would do a seasonal window display with nothing but curvey plus size mannequins in the window?