New Zealand's skinny mannequin controversy is a worldwide issue
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In a recent interview, Denise L'Estrange-Corbet, the CEO and co-founder of WORLD (one of New Zealand’s biggest fashion brands) caused controversy by defending the use of skinny mannequins, saying “let’s face it, clothes look better on skinny people." This issue was brought to light when actress Emily Robins tweeted a photo of a mannequin with exposed ribs on display at Glassons, a high street fashion chain. Following public outcry, Glassons CEO Graeme Popplewell issued a statement apologising for the display, expressing that "the removal of the offending mannequins is effective immediately (and that)…we wish to reiterate how truly sorry we are to the women of New Zealand." Unfortunately, the pervasiveness of unrealistically thin mannequins isn’t just limited to New Zealand. Indeed, it seems to be the case that all around the world, the fashion industry exposes individuals to unhealthy body expectations through the use of tall, slender mannequins. Earlier this year, La Perla was criticised for its shop display of ribby mannequins, and Primark has also been slammed with similar criticisms over its displays.
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