UK-based clothing company Oasis is facing serious backlash after a photo of one of its mannequins is going viral for all the wrong reasons.
On Tuesday, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett tweeted a picture of an Oasis display, photographed at the shop's Shepherd's Bush, London location. The display features an abnormally thin mannequin — it's legs are literally narrower than its feet.
In the accompanying tweet, Cosslett wrote,
The photo quickly gained traction on Twitter, with many users responding to Cosslett's original tweet to voice their opinions on the dangerously-thin mannequin.
Soon after, Oasis released a statement addressing the controversy. A representative for the fashion brand told BuzzFeed,
While it's great Oasis is taking the steps necessary to rectify the problem, it seems the damage has already been done.
Here's a snapshot of how people are reacting:
Cosslett's tweet called the mannequin "disgusting" and "irresponsible."
A second user agreed Oasis' use of the stick-thin mannequin was "irresponsible."
Others compared the twig-like legs to "matchsticks"...
...and faulty "spare parts."
Even parents weighed in on the discussion.
Many fear the mannequin will "distort" the way girls view their own bodies.