Magazines could be banned from using airbrushed photographs of celebrities that make them look slimmer over fears that they are promoting unrealistic body images.
At the moment it\’s actually a voluntary code of conduct that\’s under discussion. And no, of course I don\’t give two hoots about whether models are airbrushed or not.
But we do know that we have a government fond of the statement "if the voluntary option has failed we should look to legislation"….
The move follows criticisms by the Model Health Inquiry, which accused editors of acting irresponsibly and promoting a size-zero culture.
The report, released last September, urged the fashion industry to adopt a voluntary code on the use of computer technology to give models unrealistically perfect figures.
If the prodnoses can force, under the threat of such legislation, that restriction upon the freedom of the press (however trivial it is in these first stages) then what next? How long before a news picture of someone smoking must carry a health warning? Or people must look miserable in a pub? Or we must "respect" all religions?