ASOS showed a model with stomach rolls and the internet is divided
5 April 2019, 15:52 | Updated: 8 April 2019, 11:53
"There's nothing revolutionary about seeing skinny women from 'realistic' angles."
Body positivity is hugely en vogue right now, so brands are trying to break the mould and be more inclusive. Whilst a few manage to pull it off with ease, others are deemed to be simply cashing in on our thirst for more diverse body types. Case in point, Boohoo, who have been accused of Photoshopping and using padding to make their model's appear plus size instead of actually hiring a plus size model.
ASOS have changed their returns policy and people are fuming
Now ASOS has joined the chat and they've triggered a heated debate online. The UK-based fashion brand has left the internet divided with a photo of a model showing her stomach rolls.
ASOS have listed a Monki two-piece bikini showing a model sitting down with her stomach rolls on display. ASOS was applauded for not editing the "realistic" image – but not everyone's so impressed by it.
Yes, stomach rolls are perfectly normal when you sit down and can occur whatever your size but with many retailers airbrushing any roll, wrinkle, or stretchmark, it was a breath of fresh air for many.
People thanked ASOS for giving the consumer a dose of reality.
this is still important!!! i have strived for years to get a flat tummy, and while i have one standing up, i’ve always been insecure of my stomach in any other position because it isn’t flat no matter what. they’re normalizing bodies. this is still a step in the right direction.— lil peach emoji 🍑 (@_sssabrina) April 4, 2019
It’s important to normalise rolls on skinny girls, I used to be SUPER skinny and have recently put on weight and even though I’m still small I’m not used to the way my body looks now so it’s comforting to see that the fact I have rolls is normal— Bree (@xbreeashe) April 4, 2019
That’s ..... not the point. As a woman, having to look at 5’9 size 2 models all the time when I’m shopping online does nothing for me because I know I’m no where close to that body type which means, that piece of clothing probably won’t look on me the same way it does on her -— julia (@swulia) April 3, 2019
I think there is. Seeing real photos vs. touched up images changes so much... “skinny people” like her are insecure af bc they have rolls when they sit.. imagine how heavier ppl feel.. it’s an unhealthy obsession our media pushes. This shit is awesome. I hope to see more.— Jasmine (@jassy_curtis) April 4, 2019
everytime a small change happens in the fashion industry y’all gotta attack everyone for being happy with it. yes this isn’t revolutionary...nobody said it was, but it’s nice seeing brands taking a step forward to be more inclusive— 𝓈 (@miumargiela) April 3, 2019
Yes it is ? This is a big deal .. it shouldnt be a big deal.. but this is something that should be celebrated cuz it was normalized— junior year isn't it pal (@hiramohsin021) April 3, 2019
However, others thought the brand were doing the bare minimum. When she stands up she's still a slim model – is it really that groundbreaking?
y’all gon be real mad at me… but it must be said… there’s nothing revolutionary about seeing skinny women from “realistic” angles https://t.co/PdhpZmaJ9N— morg. (@spacecowbot) April 3, 2019
A human woman looking like one in a bikini ad?????? pic.twitter.com/9elV0vYSLJ— Our Lady of Perpetual Mood™ (@TheNeedForMe) April 2, 2019
📍brands— waluigi numba one (@sluttysunflower) April 3, 2019
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📍skinny models slouching https://t.co/MKc4TonxIr
I mean...she’s still skinny though— christine pace✨ (@ladypace_) April 4, 2019
I don’t want to invalidate anyone who feels like they’re “finally being represented” but these ASOS photos aren’t worth the praise.. This is still society’s "ideal body" (skinny/ white) In my opinion it’s boring and far from being ‘revolutionary’.— Laurence (@laurencebd_) April 3, 2019
Show me fat/chubby models— 🌼 Fleur de Femme 🌼 (@Femme_Queer) April 4, 2019
Show me models with mobility aids
Show me models with prosthesics
Show me hairy models
Show me models with facial differences
Show me models with stoma bags/colostomy bags
Show me that and not some quarter-assed attempt at inclusivity.
skinny ppl: *slouch slightly*— broke&poor (@gothrichard) April 3, 2019
everyone: OMFG REVOLUTIONARY thank u ASOS for REPRESENTING US!!!
note that this girl probably weighs 130lb. i’m so...,. tired