Just a hanger, not a human

I was doing some online shopping yesterday - and by that I mean online looking because my clothing budget is currently zero - and I found some cute dresses. Particularly this one.

I looked at that dress and I thought, "yeah. That looks good. I should own that." It then took about a second for me to remember that the model in this picture is a size zero, and that I am not a size zero. Would this dress look good on me? How would I ever know? Would this be a fashion disaster? I came to the conclusion that they need to have size six and eight and twelve models as well so you can see what it looks like on someone who isn't shaped like a bean stalk.

With this idea freshly on my mind I went to my media class today and we talked about models. The average model in the U.S. is a size zero. No surprise. However, when asked the size of the average American woman I guessed a size six, maybe an eight. Negative. The size of the average American woman is a size twelve.* 

You know when an ad or an episode of Americas Next Top Model features a "plus size" model and you just sit there thinking, "great, I will never achieve anything. If that girl is plus sized then I'm the fattest person in the world." Turns out the average plus size model is a size six. My friends, that is half the size of the average American woman. Let's be a little nicer to ourselves. 

Our class discussion moved on to if we thought this needed to change. My answer is a definite, without any doubt, YES. However, one person in class raised their hand and said they had heard that size zero models are used because they don't want the model to distract from the clothing, they want the model to act as a hanger, if you well.

My first thought? There is such a thing is an actual hanger, so if that's the effect they're going for I have a great alternative. My second thought: I don't want to see my clothes on a size zero hanger. I want to see my clothes on someone who looks like me. I want to know what this is really going to look like when I put it on. I don't want to take my clothes off of the literal or figurative hanger and realize it looks completely different.

But alas, they don't use "plus size" models because they would distract from the clothing. Yes. That is what I want to hear. No one looks at the clothes you wear anyway because your non-size-zero body is too distracting. Good luck with your self-esteem.

What do you guys think? My totally bias opinion aside, do you think seeing clothing online in someone your size would be distracting? Would you be more or less likely to buy things?

*When I asked Spencer what he thought the average size was he said 20. I don't know if this says more about his perspective of American women or his lack of sizing knowledge.


  1. I actually like when I see things on normal sized people because it usually assuages my disappointment that clothes are only created for people who are size four or smaller. When I see something that looks good on say a size ten or fourteen type person, then I have confidence that even though I have the body I have, I can still look nice, even if I am not a size zero. I hope that makes sense

  2. So....Yes. I Agree. With Everything You Said. And For Some Reason My Phone Is Capitalizing Every. Word. I. Type. Weird.

  3. I probably have a totally biased opinion, too, but I agree! I don't think seeing clothes on a REALISTIC person would be distracting, I think it would be very helpful. It could also decrease the problem women have with being dissatisfied with their own bodies because they can see models who look more like them.