Shoppers were left open-mouthed after a woman staged a naked protest against the lack of plus-size mannequins in stores.
The woman, who remains unnamed, took her clothes off to stand in the window of Dorothy Perkins in Bluewater shopping centre.
Wearing a blonde wig taken from one of the mannequins, she remained for around 15 minutes before being escorted away by police.
Although she didn’t utter a word, bystanders believed that the protest was against the fashion industry’s continued use of underweight and unrealistic mannequins.
She was probably annoyed that most mannequins are slim and none are bigger!
— REBECCA (@Becky_boohxox) July 6, 2017
“She was probably annoyed that most mannequins are slim and none are bigger!” one woman tweeted.
Others were less kind, mocking the woman’s appearance.
A spokesperson for Bluewater appeared to suggest that the woman suffered from mental health issues, saying: “We are aware of an incident with a visitor to the mall yesterday, and that she was quickly reunited with her carers.”
A study carried out earlier this year revealed that the majority of mannequins used in British stores were “ultra-thin” and “medically unhealthy.”
Several retailers including Topshop have promised to include more realistic mannequins in their stores but have so far failed to do so.
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