We are so accustomed to seeing mannequins in store displays and windows, we don't even give them a second thought most days. What we do usually note is how impossibly skinny they look. They are supposed to be life size but -- like the models on the catwalk -- they rarely reflect real people's bodies. But one group conducted a poignant social experiment by replacing those whisper thin silhouettes with frames modeled after disabled people called "Because who is perfect?" The result is like nothing you've ever seen before.
These people bravely showed their bodies, revealing extreme curvatures of the spine, missing limbs, and misshapen extremities. They wondered if people would notice how different these figures were and what they would think. But more remarkable than the public's response was their own reactions to seeing their bodies. Take a look.
This really puts things in perspective. What would you do if you saw this in a store window? We complain so much about how mannequins and models don’t reflect real bodies – but we are usually talking about large vs. skinny. But this video really makes me think about the issue in a new way.
We are so worried about our proportions that we often hide our bodies. We are ashamed of a little cellulite, that muffin top, those jowls, that ample rear end and thighs. Why? Because we are not perfect. But what this video forces you to ask is what does perfect really mean?
Do you think stores should use mannequins that reflect real bodies?