Fashion Police – Mannequins With Visible Ribs 

I couldn’t believe what I saw when I was out shopping the other day, surely I’d been wrong, surely any self respecting shop wouldn’t display mannequins with visible ribs. But no, unfortunately what I saw was very much real and I admit it made me feel a little sick. What was the need for these skeletal mannequins? Tall, stick thin mannequins with almost hollow stomachs and carved out ribs were stood in the shop window displaying the clothes that this shop were selling, half of which were clipped into position as the shop didn’t even sell clothes that small. It made no sense to me, the mannequins definitely didn’t entice me to go into the shop. Instead they left me questioning myself about my own body and what our world has come to.

Size zero is a phenomenon that has hit the fashion world by storm over the past twenty years and has resulted in a multitude of problems across the modelling and fashion industry. Runways are full of skeletal girls battling eating disorders, shops display mannequins with impossibly tiny figures and the media portray this twisted parody of the human body as the epitome of beautiful. I’m not saying that thin women, and people in general, can’t be pretty, of course they can. All shapes and sizes are beautiful, but the problem starts when a particular body type begins to be presented as perfect and every other shape is discouraged.

For most people this stick thin body is an unachievable, unhealthy way to be as the only way to get to this weight would be through starvation or other unhealthy methods. So why are our high street shops displaying these mannequins which 99% of their customers can’t relate to?

In today’s world surely we should be trying to show that every shape is beautiful instead of focusing on a skeleton as our ideal. It’s hard enough to do that ourselves without the shops we visit depressing us even more. In a perfect world there would be a multitude of different shaped mannequins which we could all relate to, thus making us feel more confident, represented and included as we enter the shop.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get a photo of the mannequins in the shop I visited but I have found some photos online of similar mannequins being used in other shops. Of course, the pictures belong to the respective owners.

These mannequins supporting unhealthy bodies need to be stopped, I’m sure you agree. The sooner we promote beauty as being all shapes and sizes, the enter. Remember, we are all beautiful.

This post comes as the first in my new collection of posts, Fashion Police. I’ll focus on problematic areas within the fashion world and the latest news in the industry, I hope you enjoy!

Learn A Little Bit More About Me!

I realised that you guys don’t know that much about me and as I believe creating a bond with the blogger is an extremely important part of liking a blog I decided to get personal! This post is inspired by the ‘get to know me’ or ‘all about me’ tags I’ve seen across YouTube and Tumblr but I’ve adapted it a little. I hope you feel a little bit more like you know me after reading this, I wish I could make friends with each and every one of you and I hope this post initiates a bond. Hope you enjoy!

What is your name?

My full name is Chloe Margaret Cecilia Grant, but that’s quite a mouthful. Margaret is actually my official middle name whereas Cecilia is my confirmation name (a name given to catholic people when they officially get confirmed into the church), but I prefer Cecilia to Margaret as I think it flows more with Chloe, hence why my blog is called ChloeCeciliaGoesCouture.

How old are you?

As of May 2017 I am 17 and I will be 18 on the 20th of September.

What is your star sign?

You might be able to work it out from what I just said but in case you haven’t, my star sign is Virgo. I kind of fit the stereotype as I do enjoy cleanliness and structure but I’m definitely not as neat and tidy as Virgos are made out to be!

Where are you from?

I’m from Birmingham, England. I’ve lived here since I was born but a lot of my family are Irish, as my Dad grew up in Northern Ireland, so I have strong ties to there too.

What do you study?

I’m currently in sixth form studying three A Levels: fashion, French and English. These have always been my three favourite subjects and studying only them for sixth form has made school so much more enjoyable.

What is your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is blush/dusky rose as I think it’s definitely the best shade of pink, which is in general my favourite colour. 

Do you have any siblings?

I have one sister called Sophie who is 14, nearly 15. She’s featured in some of my videos and I’m sure she’ll be in many more. Me and Sophie are extremely close, we are best friends and always have been, I couldn’t wish for a better sister!

What do you want to do in the future?

After school I want to study Body Contour at De Montfort University and become a lingerie and swimwear designer. I also hope that my blog and YouTube channel will become successful and I may be able to do this as a career as well. 

What is your favourite food?

I love Skittles more than life (just ask my boyfriend who treats me to a bag nearly every time we go on a date!) but my other favourites have to be ice cream and candy floss. Also, I put mayonnaise on everything, I really believe it is the greatest creation on Earth. Not only is it beyond tasty it also helps cool down spicy food which is something I just really can’t handle; sorry I’m a typical white girl!

Where do you want to live in the future?

I’d love to live on the coastal road from Cannes to Monaco in the south of France as I think this is the most beautiful place on Earth. A mansion with an infinity pool would be the ultimate dream, so here’s to hoping I become successful! At some point in my life I’d also love to live in Paris, it is an absolutely gorgeous city and of course a fashion heaven.

What are some random facts about you?

When asked this question I have a few random facts up my sleeve ready to whip out. I knew all the words to Pure by The Lightning Seeds before I knew the alphabet because my mom used to play it so much when I was little. I’ve performed as a dancing plate in DisneyWorld in a Beauty And The Beast performance. I won a poetry competition across Birmingham when I was 13 and I’ve had lots of poetry published.

What are you afraid of?

I have many random, weird fears such as feet, house fires, spelling tests and Bradley Walsh, you know the guy who hosts The Chase? I can barely touch my own feet and if someone dares touch me with their foot I absolutely freak. My fear of house fires stemmed from studying the Great Fire Of London in Year 2 when I went on to have a reoccurring nightmare for a few years. Spelling tests have always terrified me and throughout primary school I only ever got one spelling wrong and when I did I had a complete break down and had to be escorted out!  And finally, my fear of Bradley Walsh. I’m still not sure where this stemmed from but whenever I look at him I get so scared, I think he was a scary character in a kids TV show I used to watch. 

What are your interests?

I’ve been a ballerina since I was 2 but I’m still not very good, I guess I’ll just have to stick to watching Dance Moms and wishing I could do even one turn without falling over let alone twenty plus. I’ve been in the Girlguiding family since I was 5 and now I’m a young leader, I love Guides and all the opportunities it brings me. I have a big obsession with everything Disney, especially Peter Pan, and I’ve always secretly hoped to work at Disneyland as a face character.

I hope this post has let you feel like you know me a bit better and if you have anymore questions just leave them in the comments! 

How My Style Changed And Why I Feel So Much More Confident

Fashion is very individual and each person sees it in a slightly different way. That’s one of the things I love most about fashion; it means something different to everyone and every single person has their own unique style. Fashion is used as a way of expressing yourself whether that’s through keeping up with trends or striking out on your own and starting them yourself. I have always been interested in fashion but I admit for a while I didn’t truly appreciate its true meaning. I didn’t dress to represent myself, I dressed how I thought I should dress to impress other people and honestly, it kind of made me feel down. Feeling confident and loving what you wear is an important part of life and I don’t think that message is brought home enough, so I’m going to talk about it today.

When I reached my teenage years everyone around me began to dress much more grown up; gone were the days of summer dresses and little doodles shoes (goodness me I adored them, I remember my favourite pair were ones with glittery strawberries on). At first I felt completely out of my depth, I didn’t feel ready to wear crop tops and revealing clothes but I was made to feel like a fool if I didn’t. When you’re thirteen being made to feel like you’re way behind all your peers is never going to make you feel good so I rushed to find clothes to match the other girls in my year. As a result I ended up wearing outfits that were much too old for me and gave off a message I was far too young to understand.

Let’s face it, if you go out in revealing clothes you will get a reaction. I remember I once went out to a concert in a bralette and short, tight skirt and on the way there a van full of fully grown men stopped to wolf whistle and make comments. Apart from the obvious fear I had a strange sense of achievement, I’m hesitant to admit that it made me feel a little proud. It felt good to know that people were reacting to me and my body, that was hardly covered, in that way. At a time when every teenage girl needs reassurance about what she looks like I could get attention by wearing clothes that showed me off, so I began to do it more and more.

Looking back now, it was wrong. I was dressing this way purely to show off my body and get that kind of reaction, I wanted to flaunt it and be sexy but I was too naive to understand how to do that in a safe, mature way. Nowadays I can go out practically covered from head to toe in blouses, skirts, tights and cardigans and I still feel sexy and empowered. Now when people look at me I know they are appreciating the clothes I’m wearing for all the right reasons, because I look pretty yet still classy. The looks I get now are much more satisfying than those randy eyed men of before, now I’m met with smiles and people simply admiring me with respect.

I’m not saying don’t dress in revealing clothes or dress like your friends, in fact if that is what makes you feel sexy and empowered then go for it, wear your style. For me, dressing to make me feel confident now means dressing very classy in an almost prim and proper fashion which is so far removed from what I used to find myself in. You shouldn’t have to dress to impress other people just so you can feel good. If what you’re wearing is sending off a vibe that makes you feel uncomfortable then it’s okay to admit you don’t want to wear it. What you feel confident in may not be what every expects you to wear, and that’s okay, because being unique is the best way to be beautiful.

Be your own kind of beautiful!

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