Magazines discriminate against possible case studies for real life stories, wanting only attractive photogenic participants, according to Media Guardian.
One magazine journalist revealed: “It is made absolutely explicit that looks are a major criterion. When I was much less experienced and had just started in a new job on a monthly title I put together a case-study line-up. What these women looked like bore absolutely no relevance to the story, but even so I knew they had to be ‘photogenic’. I thought I had done well, until I was told that I really shouldn’t have included a size 14 in the group. Size 10 was the maximum.”
In October last year Press Gazette reported how women’s weekly Love It! airbrushed out the tattoos of a cancer sufferer who allowed her wedding photos to be used in the magazine.