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Lingerie label La Perla's skinny-looking mannequin sparks controversy

The Italian lingerie boutique has removed the mannequin and won't display it again

Linda Sharkey
Wednesday 14 May 2014 14:09 BST

The luxury lingerie label La Perla has sparked controversy over a mannequin with jutting ribs that was put on display in one if its stores.

Spotted in its New York boutique, a tweet showing a photo of a mannequin in red lingerie with visible ribs stated: “How does #LaPerla think ribs on a mannequin is ok?!”

Several other Twitter users chimed in by labelling the Italian brand “irresponsible”, “awful” and “gross”.

La Perla responded within hours, tweeting that the mannequin in question had been removed and won’t be displayed again.

The statement read: “We have an update on this issue: 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.”

La Perla is yet to respond to The Independent's request on comment.

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