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Lingerie store La Perla takes down controversial mannequin

Lingerie Store La Perla Takes Down Dangerously Thin Mannequin

The intimate apparel store La Perla had window shoppers in New York wondering if they were marketing a swimsuit ... or an eating disorder.

The bony mannequin, with 'protruding' ribs, put the lingerie store in hot water after someone posted a picture of it to social media.

The photo spread on twitter, where users called it "scary skinny" ... "unacceptable" ... and "irresponsible and harmful" for promoting an unhealthy body image.

According to Yahoo.com, "the Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness tweeted that the mannequin was "terrible!" -- and even some people in the fashion industry who are used to seeing wafer-thin figures wrote that the mannequin went too far."

After the social media firestorm, La Perla apologized and has since removed the mannequin indefinitely.

Businesses have crossed the line while marketing their apparel several times before.

Photoshop edits are widely criticized for altering model's bodies.

You probably remember Target's big fail when they attempted to increase the size of the swimsuit model's thigh gap -- instead deleting a significant portion of one arm.

The company called it an unfortunate error on its part and apologized.

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mgnficntoz May 16 2014 at 8:08 PM

Shame on the purveyors of attractive swim suits! They should be held to a more accurate depiction of the norm and utilize ostensibly over weight manequins with angry red faces shrieking about their "rights" and casting men in a harsh negative light wherein their problems are all the fault of men for no other reason than their say so.

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Robert May 16 2014 at 9:31 AM

Sounds like the fat people trying to keep the skinny people down.
News flash, not everyone is rotund.

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savedandblessed1114 May 15 2014 at 7:23 PM

Why would you put anything like that even out there? What where you thinking?

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novaheston May 15 2014 at 7:36 PM

Thigh gaps and ribs....Generational brain-washing, age 12 to 30.
After that, the brain has matured and child-bearing has re-arranged everything.,
We just wait out the Narcissism of the youth.There's not a thing we can do about it.

To everyone over thirty, eat, play, enjoy life.
Viva la fossil!

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Bill May 15 2014 at 7:37 PM

She's not that bad.
Nipples look good.

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David May 15 2014 at 7:40 PM

How weird, and here's "the anorexia look". I'm glad they took it down.

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seban May 15 2014 at 7:40 PM

Obviously, it was a fat woman that's angry and insecure about her weight set this storm off. She probably can't afford La Perla anyway. Thinner people look better and are generally much healthier. An autopsy doesn't reveal "curves". It reveals yellow fat. She's probably angry no man gives her a look.

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piknplundr seban May 15 2014 at 7:44 PM

Or perhaps it was the mother on an Anorexic Daughter that has sacrificed hours trying to keep her alive with little help from the fashion industry or people like you.

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rising phoenix seban May 15 2014 at 7:48 PM

repped for truth.

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mgnficntoz May 15 2014 at 7:44 PM

Many would feel more comfortable if unattractive manequins were used instead. Perhaps over weight, red faced, scowling manequins screeching about their rights while blaming their problems on men in general would be more life like.

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noteugene mgnficntoz May 15 2014 at 8:14 PM

True enough but who in hell would be inticed to buy the clothes?

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Joe May 15 2014 at 7:47 PM

For the record, there are many young women who look like this that are perfectly healthy and happy, who eat whatever they want. Active lifestyle + high metabolism means that many of my acquaintances in high school who were on the tennis, volley ball, and track teams had a similar build despite a median diet of Mountain Dew, Chinese food and Doritos, and this is just as harmful to their self image as fat shaming is to overweight people. As long as there are a variety of other mannequn builds, there is no story here, and no merit to this overreaction over ANY physique. Shame on the sensationalist, whinging bastards who whined about it, and shame on you aol and Huff Post for purporting to pretend it is news.

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karambee Joe May 15 2014 at 8:01 PM

No there aren't. There are not healthy athletes with their ribs sticking out like that. This is the body of someone with either a muscle wasting disease or no muscles, possibly early concentration camp.

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saultydog42 May 15 2014 at 7:48 PM

This is one like they use to call bone picking skinny, crawl in the sack, have sex with one of them and spend the next day picking bones out of your p--is

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