The average woman in the United States is a size 14. As a visionary generation, upcoming designers at such a prestigious institution like Parsons or any other fashion design-oriented school should have open doors to any explorable possibilities in the spectrum, that's how legendary ideas are born. Furthermore, as a plus-size designer myself, I articulate that we should have accesible opportunities to design for plus-sized individuals.
It has come to my attention that there is currently only one plus-sized mannequin at Parsons, while there are approximately one thousand students focusing on fashion design attending at the moment. It is preposterous that several students can't execute their plus-sized specialties at the school, even more so when the resources aren't readily available to us. In addition, a mannequin costs circa 300-400 $US and isn't economically accessible to everyone within the school.
It is in all of our most failthul beliefs that the school should keep its word on housing the designers of tomorrow and adopting progressiveness as their motto; installing more plus-sized mannequins in our classrooms would open a lot of doors to emerging designers who believe in sizes higher than 8.
I ask of all of you to please sign this petition in order to spread and encourage body positivity not only in our classrooms, but in all of the design world as well!