The problem, though, said a defiant Hopkins and Decker, is that it’s never been an issue before and they’ve been in that location for years.
Other displays have also included women shown in sports bras and lingerie. Those have usually been furnished by the makers of the products.
The last one stayed up for nearly a year and featured three women in bras and panties, but “they were mostly thin,” said Hopkins.
“White and thin,” added Decker.
The current display photos include African-American and white women, mostly plus-size. One woman is in a wheelchair. Most are not professional models.
They women were part of a campaign “Real Bras, Real Women, Real Stories,” where they shared their personal journeys and desire to help women feel good about their bodies. Some of the women were survivors of abuse, eating disorders and poor self-esteem.
The owners say their store is a “judgment-free safe space.” Their have fit women with bra sizes 28A to52 N and panties from 1X to 10X .
The display has been up since mid-February.
“What makes one person more beautiful than another?” said Decker.
Caio Viera, manager of the Velox Insurance Co. office just a few doors down from LiviRae, said it doesn’t bother him.
“I think it’s interesting,” he said. “I think it’s different.” He scoffed when told about issues surrounding the display.
“That’s crazy,” he said. “It’s called discrimination, right? I’m against that.”
One of the women featured is Christy Foster, 33, a retail sales representative and makeup artist from Kennesaw.
Being selected was “one of the most amazing confidence boosters,” said Foster, who wears a size 14.”It took a lot of courage because we’re not what society considers beautiful models. I don’t define beauty by numbers, but how I feel.”
She admits being hurt that someone might want to take down her photo and that of the others. In retrospect, though, “it’s pushed me to be 100 percent positive about this campaign.”
She said most women don’t look like the models featured in fashion ads. “It’s not realistic,” she said. “Not every woman looks like that. If I can help a few girls gain confidence and feel they’re beautiful, then I’m happy.”
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