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Advocacy Group Creates Mannequins Modeled After People With Disabilities [VIDEO]


Have you ever walked through a clothing store or passed a shop window and wished there were a mannequin that looked more like you? I have, and I’m a person with a disability so you can imagine how interested I was to see this project put together by a Zurich advocacy group called Pro Infirmis. The project, done as part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities is called “Because who is perfect? Get closer.” Miss Handicap 2010 Jasmine Rechsteiner, radio host and film critic Alex Oberholzer, athlete Urs Kolly, blogger Nadja Schmid, and actor Erwin Aljukić all volunteered to participate and have mannequins designed to their personal specifications.

(via The FW)

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  • Saraquill

    Mixed feelings are mixed. It’s a well done video, and I admire the art and skill that went into those mannequins.

    That said, I hope that somewhere there was also an art project drawing attention to those whose conditions aren’t immediately visible. It’s bothersome when someone refuses to believe that your disabled, and hence refuse to provide accommodations or understanding.

  • Anonymous

    I hope they provided some context for these in the display. Some, like the amputee, or the one in the wheelchair, are pretty obvious. With the others though, I wouldn’t know what I was looking at. The woman with the bent spine, I might actually find insulting, as if it were an attempt to strike some kind of unrealistic pose, similar to what we see in comics. It’s a great idea, though, and if the information wasn’t immediately available, hopefully it encouraged people to ask about them. And it’s certainly better than the last video about mannequins I watched, where some South American country (I think it wss Brazil) was producing mannequins with unrealisticly large breasts.

  • WheelchairNinja

    I want to say this is a good thing, but my inner cynic says that if I were going down the street and saw these I would think they were some child mannequins (with the one with the bent spine being a ridiculous over-exaggerated pose) and that the staff accidentally left adult mannequin’s foot in the back room and were too lazy to go get it.

  • malkavian

    Thank you for this. I have a chronic, invisible illness, and it’s so frustrating when conversations around disability and disability advocacy revolve around people who are obviously, visibly disabled and people who, like me, have invisible diseases are completely left out.