Today is potentially quite an interesting day on the topic of body image in Britain – I’m actually rather excited. An MSP by the name of Dennis Robertson is campaigning for a variety of different sized mannequins to be used in Women’s clothes shops and this evening the Eating Disorders and the Fashion Industry debate will take place. You may have seen already that Debenhams in London has already started using size 16 mannequins in their store and this campaign hopes to have other companies follow suit.
My feelings are that this is a worthwhile discussion and I have a lot of respect for this politician for taking on this campaign to help improve body image and confidence in this country. Eating disorders has affected his family in an extremely tragic way and I understand the undeniable feeling that you can’t sit back and do nothing about it any more. Especially when you are surrounded by unhelpful influences that may unintentionally fuel the fire of an eating disorder.
What I find particularly interesting about the article is the use of the word ‘diversity’. Diversity is a hot topic in our culture just now, we are constantly taking measures to ensure all ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, etc. are accounted for and given equal opportunities. Don’t worry, I’m not about to start advocating that employers ensure their staff each have a dress size fairly represented, however what I do mean to say is that maybe it would be beneficial to have a more accurate representation of our society. I love the fact that Britain houses a huge spectrum of different creeds and cultures, but we are all different shapes and sizes too. What would be so terrible about actually showcasing all those shapes and sizes that are stocked on the clothing stores shelves anyway?
The debate will take place at 5.05pm today and I’m sure I will have some thoughts on it afterwards. You can watch it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/scotland/