There is a real Clothing Police! Sort of. The Australian government plans to reward fashion magazines that ban overly skinny women and overly muscular men models from their covers to help citizens feel better about their bigger, less-perfect selves.
In addition to the covers, the guidelines would discourage fashion designers from hiring skeletal models for catwalks and plastic surgery ads from magazines, and would ask clothing manufacturers to stock a wider variety of sizes of clothing to fit all shapes and sizes.
I think everyone agrees magazines have gone too far with all their creepy airbrushing and anorexic cover girls. The question is, does this cross the line between church and state? Should a government be the clothing police?
I say no. While these guidelines aren't mandatory, just the suggestion carries a lot of weight. According to News.com in Australia, the criteria to earn the country's "seal of approval" would be:
- Only use models aged 16 or older to model adult clothes -- both on catwalks and in print.
- Refrain from using models who are very thin -- or male models who are excessively muscular.
- Stocking clothing in a wide variety of sizes in shops to reflect the demand from customers.
- Using a broad range of body shapes, sizes, and ethnicities in editorial and advertising.
- Not promoting rapid weight loss, cosmetic surgery, excessive exercising, or any advertisements or editorial content that may promote a negative body image.