Who knows if it started with those Dove soap campaigns using “real” women, or if it’s the popularity of reality shows like “The Biggest Loser” or “Girls,” but there’s a movement trending to better reflect today’s female body types. Realistic mannequins are becoming more reality-sized, too—some are even sporting body art (tattoos) and body hair.
Last month, the Associated Press reported that retailers have cut back on mannequin expenses for years, going with the white, headless, one-size models. But that’s been changing with some embracing “fully” realistic mannequins with thicker waists, saggy breasts and back fat (aka love handles). And it’s happening in stores from the trendy—and body conscious—American Apparel to a bit more staid Saks Fifth Avenue to special occasion David’s Bridal. Continue reading →