This made me mad.
I went to the mall over the weekend and I noticed something odd about the mannequins in the Justice store front.
Justice, formerly known as Limited Too, is geared toward girls ages 7-12.
Now look at these mannequins. What’s wrong here?
That’s right. They have boobs. Legit boobs.
This is just another example of how the clothing industry is sexualizing young girls. 7-year-olds generally don’t need to worry about bras or growing boobs. They’re kids. Mannequins in the form of tween girls plus boobs can only lead to insecurity in young girls who are still developing or not developing at all yet.
This could be—I’m not saying that it is, but it could be—an attempt to prey on girls’ insecurities about their bodies to make more sales. “Here, buy these clothes, they’ll make you more developed.”
But why does the clothing industry constantly feel the need to sexualize kids, especially girls? Go to any store that sells kids’ clothes and compare girls’ shorts and pants with boys’ and the difference is striking.
I’ve had my fair share of insecurity about my own body, my own small chest. I didn’t start developing until I was 12. I still worry that I don’t have enough there. And I’m not the only one. I’m mad about this because I don’t want other girls to experience that same feeling of inferiority.
The mannequins didn’t look like this when I shopped at this chain in middle school, so why the change? Why now? And to be general, WHY?
Girls are actually starting to develop earlier… I mean yeah it’s obviously not for 7 year olds but it’s not completely absurd for 12 year old to have breasts.
I understand your inferiority thing too but consider how busty girls feel seeing mannequins with nothing there. We both grew up with the mannequins that had nothing so it made me feel huge and I ended up wearing guy clothes to compensate because none of the clothes were ever going to fit me like the mannequin.