Manorexic Mannequins

Mannequin on right: 27-inch waist, 35-inch chest.Photo: Chris Jepson/Courtesy of Rootstein

One of the side effects of metrosexuality seems to be the affliction of men with the same unrealistic body images that women have been dealing with for years. Next month, the British mannequin maker Rootstein debuts their latest male form—the “Homme Nouveau,” feminized and not so hearty, with a 35-inch chest and a 27-inch waist. Perfect for the trendiest, string-beaniest clothing, sure. But there’s evidence that the new paradigm has given rise to male anorexia.

Dimensions of Rootstein’s Male Mannequins:
THE CLASSIC: 1967, 42” chest, 33” waist
THE MUSCLEMAN: 1983, 41” chest, 31” waist
THE SWIMMER: 1994, 38” chest, 28” waist
THE ANDROGYNE (a.k.a. “Homme Nouveau”): 2010, 35” chest, 27” waist

“All the mannequins out there are these beefcakes, and we can’t even fit our largest size on them.”
—American Apparel boss Dov Charney (waist size 29)

39.7 inches
Average waist size of an American man (in 2006)

33 inches
Maximum waist size of American Apparel’s spandex-cotton denim Slim Slack

of binge eaters are men

Percentage of Eating-Disorder Sufferers Who Are Men:
1990: 10%
Today: 25%
Source: The Prevalence and Correlates of Eating Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication; The Beauty Myth

“The prevalence rates for women with eating disorders have not significantly changed over the years, but they have risen for men.”
—Leigh Cohn, author of Making Weight

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• Don Knotts
• Vincent Price
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Manorexic Mannequins