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British official fights airbrushing, calls Christina Hendricks a role model



tbd-christinahendricks072710.jpgIf you're like us and have had enough of all the airbrushing by the damned media, take heart that the British government has an ally for you. Equalities minister (whatever that entails) Lynne Featherstone is spearheading a movement to make the fashion industry be honest for once, promoting measures that will give people realistic body images to look up to. Her pedestal-sitting example of awesomeness? Mad Men's Christina Hendricks. Hear, hear!

While planning a series of discussion with magazine editors and advertising executives, Featherstone is targeting airbrushing first, which she says in the U.K.'s Guardian is contributing to "the dreadful pressure that young people, girls and women come under to conform to completely unachievable body stereotypes." Her solution: Label all airbrushed photos as such. After that, try getting models and stars who look like they enjoy a good meal now and then, like Hendricks.

"Christina Hendricks is absolutely fabulous. We need more of those role models," Featherstone said. Indeed, we agree with Featherstone's assertion that scrawny models cause problems that plague girls for a lifetime. Things would be much better if we revived standards from 50 years ago, right? Think about this, though: Christina may just give girls completely different unattainable standards to torture them.

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[Last modified: Monday, July 26, 2010 6:04pm]


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