Friday, January 26, 2007
This week health Minister Elena Salgado has announced that the National Consumer Institute will measure 8500 Spanish women, between 12 & 70 years of age to get a better idea of the real woman's body. The Fashion retailers Inditex (Zara, Stradivarius, Bershka, Pull and Bear, Massimo Dutti), El Corte Ingles, Mango and Cortefiel have all signed a pledge saying that the minimum sized mannequin used will be a UK size 10, all clothes sizes will be the same in each chain and the Spanish size 46, will no longer be classed as an outsize. These changes to retail sizes will be made over an 18-month period.
All this is an attempt to make women and girls feel better about themselves, to make shopping easier, as currently, no one size is the same in two shops! and to try and to "promote a healthy physical image that conforms with the reality of the Spanish population," as stated by the ministry.
This is great news for Spain and all women!