The Internet’s Best Reactions To Nike’s Plus Size Mannequins

Despite Tanya Gold and other fatphobes, internalised or otherwise, coming out against Nike’s plus size mannequins, there’s been an influx of love for them. The negative voices are loud, but they’re not the many – a survey by Gold Support found that a massive 83% of people want more sportswear brands to follow the example set by Nike and include plus-size mannequins in their advertising.

Below are our fave reactions from the internet, because sometimes we just need some positivity.

Megan Crabbe AKA Body Posi Panda

And do you know what I noticed during my death-defying encounter with a plus size piece of plastic? People of all shapes and sizes were in the store. Some bigger than the mannequin, some smaller, and every single one deserves to see themselves represented and be catered for. Regardless of their fitness level. Whether they work out or not. Whatever fatphobic wankers want to say about who can and cannot wear a pair of fucking leggings. Every one of us is worthy of being represented, celebrated, and seen. This is a very small step in the right direction, and the reaction to it has shown exactly how necessary it is.”

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I thought I'd go and visit the babe responsible for thousands of fatphobes on the internet losing their shit this week. Apparently a fitness brand using mannequins above a UK size 8 is the most outrageously offensive thing that's ever happened! Or to quote some of the comments I've seen – "dangerous", "disgusting", and "promoting death". Imagine my surprise when I entered @nikelondon and the mannequin did not, in fact, try to kill me! We actually got along great and fully rocked this impromptu photoshoot. • And do you know what I noticed during my death defying encounter with a plus size piece of plastic? People of all shapes and sizes were in the store. Some bigger than the mannequin, some smaller, and every single one deserves to see themselves represented and be catered for. Regardless of their fitness level. Whether they work out or not. Whatever fatphobic wankers want to say about who can and cannot wear a pair of fucking leggings. Every one of us is worthy of being represented, celebrated, and seen. This is a very small step in the right direction, and the reaction to it has shown exactly how necessary it is. • P.s. the mannequin is called Avril and she would like to remind you to drink some water and say something nice to yourself today. 💜💙💚🌈☀️ • [image description: Megan is standing in a Nike store next to a plus size mannequin in black sportswear. She's wearing a white crop top, pastel patterned trousers and pink trainers while smiling and leaning on the mannequin as if they're besties] #bodypositivity #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #justdoit #nike #allbodiesaregoodbodies #fitnessmodel #plusisequal #bodyposi

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Tegwen Tucker

I look like that @nike mannequin, and I’ve done a 10k, a half, & a marathon this year. And there’s another 10k & a half coming up. If you think obese women can’t run you’ve clearly been living under a rock.”

Diana Sirokai 

I WANT TO BE ABLE TO WALK INTO A NIKE STORE AND SHOP FOR MYSELF SO I CAN LOOK GOOD AND FEEL GOOD AT THE GYM JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE!”

Stephanie Chinn

I cried when I saw the first post of this mannequin. ⁣⁣Here’s the thing…I’m a privileged thin white woman. I’m well aware of that. I don’t struggle with finding my size in clothing stores. I don’t know what that is like at this point in my life. ⁣But here’s another thing. The big thing. ⁣⁣THIS isn’t about me. THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME. I didn’t cry because I saw myself up there, I cried because I saw my sisters up there. I saw my sisters that struggle in clothing stores and go home with shame due to the fashion industries standard of normal. I cried because I saw people from my community up there. I cried because this was a symbol that we are closer than we were yesterday to creating a world where everyone belongs.”

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I cried when I saw the first post of this mannequin. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here’s the thing…I’m a privileged thin white woman. I’m well aware of that. I don’t struggle with finding my size in clothing stores. I don’t know what that is like at this point in my life. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ But here’s another thing. The big thing. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ THIS isn’t about me. THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME. I didn’t cry because I saw myself up there, I cried because I saw my sisters up there. I saw my sisters that struggle in clothing stores and go home with shame due to the fashion industries standard of normal. I cried because I saw people from my community up there. I cried because this was a symbol that we are closer than we were yesterday to creating a world where everyone belongs. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A world that tells people: YOU BELONG HERE TOO.

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Lexi Nimmo 

⁣⁣” But let’s get one thing perfectly clear. YOU DONT KNOW ME. Don’t you dare take one look at my body and try to re-write my story. This body is strong, capable, and worthy.” 

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An open letter to @telegraph and our generally fat-phobic society: . I’ll keep this short because I know the internet is already ablaze with fiery posts written by body positivity advocates like myself. But let’s get one thing perfectly clear. YOU DONT KNOW ME. Don’t you dare take one look at my body and try to re-write my story. This body is strong, capable, and worthy. This fat body has endured abuse, survived trauma, healed itself, and continues to carry me through my journey. Fat people can’t run? Oh honey, running is the least interesting ability this fat body has! But for the record I can run! I can dance, love, explore, create, fight. I can do absolutely whatever I want to! Don’t you dare put me in a box. Or her. Or him. Or any of us! . . Thank you @nike for understanding that women of all sizes deserve clothes that fit. And thank you @torridfashion (gifted me this swim suit) for making cute, well fitting, clothing for plus size women since 2001! My hope is that one day plus size models, mannequins, and clothing are so common that every company has them! We have a long way to go but we will get there! #standuptobeautystandards . . #telegraph #nike #bodypositivity #feelthefit #bodypositivemovement

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The Wellful 

“Health is not a size. Regardless of size or health, all people deserve respect & clothes that fit.”

 

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If you haven’t seen or heard about the @telegraph article this week in response to @nike having it’s first ever “plus size” mannequin – you have a bit of catching up to do 😬 – Here are the highlights: • @nike has its first “plus size” model in their London store. Some people are saying this is a step forward in representation of different body sizes in clothing and fitness. Others say that this is a step forward BUT also point out that Nike may be hopping on the “trend” of body positivity to boost sales and that their sizes have actually been decreasing in size over the last years (ie. What used to be a L is now a M..) • in addition to this unveiling and initial reactions, there was the reaction on social media. Many disgusting comments were posted declaring that this mannequin and extended sizing “promotes o—“ and is an unhealthy example to set for an athletic brand. The comments have been hateful, threatening and truly highlighted how fat-phobic our society is and how much work still needs to be done. • finally, a piece was written in @telegraph by Tanya Gold discussing how problematic this mannequin is. This article is filled with fear-mongering, fat-phobic, hateful, discriminatory comments and assumptions. It is hard to read and very triggering. There have been many brave, resilient responses calling out how problematic this piece is – tagged their accounts below, follow & read! — Here are some of the harmful, untrue assumptions this brings up: – that someone can assume your health, lifestyle, behaviors by the size of your body: you can’t. – that people in bodies that are not a “ideal” size 🧐 should be in constant pursuit of that size… BUT also not have access to comfortable clothes while doing so. – that only people of a certain size deserve clothing in their size? That only “healthy people” (as in fits to the assumed belief that smallness = health a certain size – not determined by any other metric) deserve clothing in their size? — Health is not a size. Regardless of size or health, all people deserve respect & clothes that fit — Follow:@iamlshauntay @bodyposipanda @i_weigh @katiesturino @calliethorpe @mynameisjessamyn @kellykkroberts @ragenchastain

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