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.
“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.”
“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.”
Wow @Telegraph – nice job with the Tanya Gold click bait. 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. pic.twitter.com/Pb2rFM5sRd
— Tegwen Tucker (@tegwentucker) June 9, 2019
“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!”
“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.”
” 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.”
“Health is not a size. Regardless of size or health, all people deserve respect & clothes that fit.”
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