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Mannequin Chests and Rumps Worldwide: Miami Update

One of a zillion busting-out Miami mannequins.

One of a zillion busting-out Miami mannequins.

Hello. Ahem. Pause ogling that photo over there for just a moment and look over here at these words, please.

The image you see to the left is a real Miami mannequin, which boasts (as you may have noticed) somewhat un-real proportions.

What you observe over there is merely one of about forty-thousand Bust-a-licious Mannequins in Miami. These top-heavy plastic ladies are in EVERY South Beach window these days!

You see, at a certain point, mannequin designers in South Beach must have looked around at the street and said: “Oh my… these skinny little twig mannequins do NOT look like the curvaceous babes strolling down Ocean Drive! It’s time to add a little more plastic up top. Er, actually, a LOT more.”

Or perhaps one too many Miami women with, er, physical enhancements, walked into South Beach stores and screeched “I do not feel represented by those window dolls! Look at that bikini on that skeletal mannequin. How could I possibly know how that would look on ME, given that I have THESE, and that plastic punk does not? I demand to be represented! And my silicone-filled chest does, too!”

I don't even know what to write for this caption. Seriously.

I don’t even know what to write for this caption. Seriously. “Chest?”

At this point the store owner must have quaked in his designer boots and gone straight to his iPhone 4 to dial up a company called something like “Ye Olde Large-Chested Mannequin Company.”

I mean, really… who are the people who design these dolls? What are their meetings like? Do they start cracking up every three seconds, or do they keep straight faces throughout, and get really stressed out like normal office workers?

If they are married men, do their wives get jealous of the mannequins? Perhaps whisper feverishly at night: “Do you like those artificial plastic wenches better than me? Do you wish I looked like that?”

But this is an educational travel blog, so let’s pull it together and snip that flight of imagination right now to move on to cross-cultural comparison… of mannequin chests and butts.

"Flatty" mannequin butts in Vietnam: the anti-Miami body.

“Flatty” mannequin butts in Vietnam: the anti-Miami body.

For those of you who were reading this blog when I was in Vietnam, you may have read my article analyzing the rear ends of Vietnamese mannequins.

The conclusion of that article was: Brazil’s mannequin’s have “Fatties” (luscious round rears), and those in Vietnam are… “Flatties.”

(Click here for the full article on Vietnam mannequin butts.)

I’m back in Boston now, land of conservative, petite mannequins, but I can’t help but think back a little wistfully to the ridiculous plastic humans lining Miami’s storefronts. I mean, it’s already pretty offensive to have all clothes modeled on washboard-tummy-ied, white-(plastic)-skinned, Size 4 dolls… How are the completely over-the-top mannequins of South Beach, Miami that much worse? :)

 

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Angel

Friday 5th of April 2013

Miami mannequins also have much junk in the trunk... which are realistic proportions in Miami ;)

Lillie

Friday 5th of April 2013

Yup! :)

Pete Laberge

Sunday 14th of October 2012

If you look at Discovery Channel They used to have videos from a show called "How Things are Made". And one episode, about 6 months ago, was, I think on making mannequins!

Pete Laberge

Sunday 14th of October 2012

I wonder if the clothes are made special to fit the mannequins? Mind you, if you look at male mannequins, most are plain and featureless. Only the female ones are well detailed. Is this smart selling to the ladies, or to the men in their life, who imagine the lady love in the dress... and assume she will look like that? One wonders!

Lillie

Sunday 14th of October 2012

Hah! Good questions!

Kurt

Friday 15th of June 2012

See, I guess it never occurred to me before. I guess mannequins are anatomically different depending where on the globe you are.

Qiyin Y.

Tuesday 12th of June 2012

The mannequins looked like they had plastic surgery. .___. I'm glad Boston doesn't showcase such skin in their shops! Anyways, it's pretty cool to see mannequins fit for the beach.

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