A shout-out to all of the skinny girls who have seen my photo of my friend stood next to the Topshop mannequin. This blog is specifically directed at the girls who might be offended or who disagree with my post.
As I’ve said in every interview I’ve had, our intention was never to body-shame skinny girls. On the contrary, we encourage all shapes and sizes so long as you’re healthy and happy with the skin you’re in.
We appreciate that some of you think your legs are as skinny as the mannequin’s in the Topshop stores, but this does not mean we are shaming you.
The Twitter responses have generally been fantastic, with the general consensus being very positive. That being said, some of the tweets – posted by the wider public – have been in regards to skinny girls rather than the mannequin in question. Neither Georgia or myself wish to put down skinny girls in the slightest. In fact, we aren’t even saying that the mannequins should necessarily be removed, we are simply saying over and over again that we feel there is a need for a more diverse range of mannequins in Topshop.
Topshop have issued a response to the Twitter shit-storm, basically saying they’re not all that fussed and that a mannequin is a mannequin. While we completely understand and partly agree with this, the suggestion that a mannequin in the shape of a female body, modelling clothes meant for a female body is not at all representative of a female body is absurd. Yes, Topshop, your mannequins may not be SUPPOSED to directly represent a woman or girl but they bloody well do. I and thousands of other twitter users, including E! News, national newspapers such as The Independent, The Mirror and The Daily Mail, also local media such as ITV Calendar and BBC Radio Humberside and Look North – think it’s time to accept some sort of responsibility for the one single body-image you’re forcing upon influential young girls. Where’s the diversity?! All girls are beautiful!