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Have you ever seen a dwarf mannequin or mannequins in a store? You may have or you may have never seen one with its arms jutting out at the hips in the sort of cliched pose seen on runways.

Go round the globe, the faceless mannequins staring back at you are most likely “hotter” than you and probably taller than you or way taller if you have got a smaller stature.

Mannequins are just too “perfect”. Although I believe we’re all perfect creatures no matter how differently the fashion industry defines “beauty”.

I feel people with smaller stature are left out when it comes to sampling designers meant for all humans.

In 2015, writer Rhiannon Cosslett was pissed after taking photographs of an Oasis mannequin: “disgusting, damaging and irresponsible,” were the words tweeted.

https://twitter.com/rhiannonlucyc/status/656550187171614720?s=21&t=oTlekECRvw-xvgSDlQHmHA

Having seen a lot of mannequins in various stores and couldn’t find a small size for dwarves, I felt somehow that smaller people are marginalized by popular mannequin designs.

No, I didn’t jump into cursing. Designers are doing great but we need more inclusive mannequin designs across the globe not just in the UK or US or the big economies. We need it everywhere.

So why are dwarf mannequins hard to spot?

According to research, this may be why:

“Mannequins are made from solid fiberglass, so in order for clothing to fit, the form of the mannequins needs to be of certain dimensions to allow clothing to be put on and removed; this is therefore not meant to be a representation of the average female body.”

And based on this, mannequins weren’t designed to represent real humans, instead, they could only imitate a certain human form.

According to Smithsonian magazine, the first mannequin arrived in 1870. It was reported that the hair was real and everything was nothing but an imitation with “false teeth” and “glass eyes”.

Regardless, some went out of the box to find ways to innovate while others will continue to stick to the status quo.

https://twitter.com/peggy991/status/489843249885237248?s=21&t=RxkkH1vLkaqnvwbeaWupuA

 

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By Elijah Christopher

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Elijah Christopher is a lifelong creative artist and a journalist for “A New Touch Of Africa”, an American news media and magazine focusing on Africa-related issues, fashion, new technologies and innovations. He has contributed to several published works, most notably a collaborative poem celebrating Scottish poet Edwin Morgan and in 2021 was the winner of the DIAJ Award for his photo-artistry.

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