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3 Incredible Videos That Prove Mannequins Matter When It Comes to Body Image


Mannequins are weird things, if you think about it. If you DO ponder them for a moment, you’re likely left with the feeling that there is something slightly (or very) creepy about what they are; the background, a human-shaped hanger for clothing. They are supposed to give form without personality, project physical perfection without your really noticing them at all. And their faces are always blanks (I find the old-school mannequins with painted faces less weird, though I know many, many people will disagree with me).

But like many givens in our society, mannequins are being paid attention to, both for what they advertise overtly (your body should look like this) and subconsciously (it would be easier for capitalism if we all looked the same). Check out these three videos and tell me if you’ll ever look at mannequins the same way again!

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.