In several ways the fashion industry has come a long way but sadly in several other ways the fashion industry remains unchanged. One of the greatest controversies to come out of the fashion industry is the continuous use of skinnier and skinnier models as the years come around.

Where a few fashion brands are embracing plus sized models and some plus sized models are taking a stand for themselves, it seems luxury lingerie brand La Perla is adamant on skinny models.

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The lingerie brand found itself in the middle of a controversial situation, on Twitter, after one New Yorker tweeted a photo of the brand’s mannequin, in red lingerie with visible, shocking protruding ribs. The photo immediately spread on social media and the #LaPerla hashtag started trending.

The company, which was founded in 1954 in Bologna, Italy, and now has more than 100 shops around the world had a representative from the firm issue a statement claiming that the mannequin would not be used again.

The company stated “The mannequin photographed has been removed from the store and will not be used again by any La Perla boutique. We are in the process of redesigning all La Perla stores with a new concept image and the mannequins that are currently displayed in our US stores will no longer be used. We appreciate and value everyone’s comments, thank you for bringing this to our attention.”

But the image is already out there and we have to ask ourselves – What are the standards of “Beauty” being set by the fashion industry these days? Can we continue to allow these unrealistic standards dictate for our young women? Why use a mannequin with protruding ribs at all?

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