Manorexia: The Mannequins are Wasting Away
The pressure to be thin and fit has exploded exponentially among men, and seemingly, especially among gay men.
Get the scoop on the new mini measurements for male mannequins and what the wave of metrosexuality is doing to men’s bodies after the jump.
New York magazine reports, “Next month, the British mannequin maker Rootstein debuts their latest male form—the ‘Homme Nouveau.’” The sleeker clothes model is described as “feminized and not so hearty, with a 35-inch chest and a 27-inch waist.”
As Dov Charney, big cheese of the popular American Apparel clothing line complains, “All the mannequins out there are these beefcakes, and we can’t even fit our largest size on them.” The magazine reported his own waist size is 29.
“Perfect for the trendiest, string-beaniest clothing, sure,” but there’s a lot of evidence that these new popular body styles have a drastic effect on body image disorders in men.
Facts for comparison included below:
Dimensions of 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
39.7 inches Average waist size of an American man (in 2006)
33 inches Maximum waist size of American Apparel’s spandex-cotton denim Slim Slack
40% of binge eaters are men
Percentage of Eating-Disorder Sufferers Who Are Men:
Sources: The Prevalence and Correlates of Eating Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication; The Beauty Myth