Nike's plus-size mannequin gets body-shamed but plus size models respond in best possible way
Nike recently unveiled a plus-size mannequin in its flagship Oxford Street store and it caused quite a stir online, with critics saying it is promoting obesity – and models have come out in their droves to challenge this view.
It began when Tanya Gold penned a reaction piece in the Telegraph and described the mannequin as, "An immense, gargantuan, vast. She heaves with fat. She is, in every measure, obese, and she is not readying herself for a run on her shiny Nikegear. She cannot run. She is, more likely, pre-diabetic and on her way to a hip replacement."
Prominent plus-size activists ciriticised Gold, calling her words fat-phobic. One of these voices is Welsh model Callie Thorpe, who addressed the fat-shaming in an Instagram post.
It's so disheartening working in an industry where you think great strides are being made, only to be starkly reminded that fatphobia is rampant and no matter what we do we will never be respected.
She went on to call Nike's decision to feature diverse body shape "powerful."
Thorpe went on:
I usually would write a response to this [Gold's article] with a point to prove. something defending my point of view and those of my peers saying how outdated and disgusting these views are but quite honestly what's the point? I'm that heaving with [sic] fat woman she is talking about.
It's no wonder people are turning to extreme weight loss measures like surgery because it feels like the only way out.
It's ludicrous that fat people are mocked, bullied and told to get to the gym and lose weight yet we are also told, we don't deserve the access to active wear. Do you see how ridiculous that is? Which goes to show It's got nothing to do with health concern and everything to do with prejudice.