This painfully realistic mannequin could be the future for clothes shops – but not everyone’s convinced

With their improbably teeny-tiny proportions, much like Barbie dolls, shop mannequins weren’t put on this earth to be a realistic representation of people.

Barbie would have to walk on all fours if she were a real person.

Perhaps just like Barbies, if a mannequin were real, they too might struggle to walk and just live in general.

Shops, however, need to sell clothes, and being unattainably youthful and slender is how they go about this.

Except for one shop, which has broken the mould.

The only thing is, not everyone’s convinced this mannequin, pictured in the menswear department, is even meant to be there.

The picture of the mannequin with the XXL waistline was uploaded to Reddit where it confused people as much as it delighted them.

Firstly, there was debate aplenty on what the mannequin was wearing.

Are those Man Capris? Cropped trousers? Long shorts? No one knew.

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At least it didn’t look like this guy
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Secondly, people weren’t buying the fact this was an actual MALE mannequin. Several users pointed out it could be a maternity wear model dressed in male clothes. Whether for a joke or because of a shortage of mannequins is unclear.

And it seems whatever model shops use to showcase their clothes, you’re never going to make everyone happy.

"This mannequin is setting an unrealistic standard for male beauty," said friendlybud.