The government’s new equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has claimed that women should aspire to be a size 14 and that Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks is “absolutely fabulous” and a good “role model”. The Liberal Democrat Minister used the curvy red head as an example of the kind of body shape that young girls should aspire to have – in contrast with the stick-thin, size-zero image seen in fashion mags.
The politician said that advertisers and magazine editors have a "right to publish what they choose", but added that "women and girls also have the right to be comfortable in their own bodies. At the moment they are being denied that". She went on to argue that Hendricks – allegedly a size 14 - was that rarest of things: a “curvy role model”. The actress was voted Sexiest Woman in the World by Esquire magazine in April but was snubbed by fashion magazines for years for being bigger than the stereotypical teeny-tiny actress.
So there you go ladies. The government has spoken. Regardless of your height, weight, race and religion you must aim for size 14, red hair and enormous boobs. Failure to comply will result in exclusion from society. You have been warned.