Next month, British mannequin manufacturer Rootstein will debut will their latest “Homme Nouveau,” mannequin. It is decidedly feminized and, with a 35-inch chest and a 27-inch waist, very thin. Picture.
Dimensions of previous Rootstein’s Male Mannequins:-
THE CLASSIC: 1967, 42” chest, 33” waist
THE MUSCLEMAN: 1983, 41” chest, 31” waist
THE SWIMMER: 1994, 38” chest, 28” waist
THE ANDROGYNE (a.k.a. “Homme Nouveau”) 2010, 35” chest, 27” waist.
The new mannequin is a skinny clothing fashioner designer and advertisers dream . "All the mannequins out there are these beefcakes", complained Dov Charney, chief executive of youth clothing brand American Apparel told New York magazine, "We can't even fit our largest size on them".
While some people will sympathise with the advertisers, mybodybeautiful.co.uk realises that the average British male has a 38in waist waist (NHS) and we are also concerned about the recent rise in the rate of male anorexia.
Last September, Professor Hubert Lacey, head of the eating disorder unit at St George's hospital London, reported a rise the the number of male patients that he was seeing; a rise that outpaced the rise in female anorexia cases. In a ward of 20, there were three male inpatients on average during the summer months, whilst in previous years there were often no males at all.
"Men nowadays are subject to the same insecurities around their body and self-image as women are", said Beat (eating disorder charity). Unrealistic images in the fashion world – such as these mannequins and in the media still abound and the pressures they bring can lead to low self-esteem in often young and vulnerable people."