Friday, September 22, 2006

Dead Glamorous

Glamour magazine has got itself in trouble asking for photogenic war widows.

A report in The Independent today tells about how a journalist, Victoria Lambert, working for the handbag-sized glossy sent an email out to the Military Families Against the War about an upcoming feature.

The email asked if the group could provide case-studies of women, aged between 30 and 38, whose husbands had been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Not only did it want war widows, it wanted good-looking ones.

"Glamour is very looks-conscious so, at the risk of sounding ridiculous, they need to be photogenic, or at least comfortable in front of a camera!. The editor likes to approve each case history, so when I send her a short bio ("X is aged X and lost her husband X in the war X") she likes to see a jpeg pic too. I know this is a big ask, but it's something she demands! Hey ho!"

Hey ho? Oh boy, why not chuck in a couple more exclamation marks Vicky.

She who demands, editor Jo Elvin, said she was outraged. Oh to work on a glossy women's magazine.

Funnily enough, the war widows group has said it will not cooperate.


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