Air-brushing away wrinkles, cellulite, a few pounds here and there? U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is not a fan.
The Miami Republican and eight other members of Congress have asked the Federal Trade Commission to hold a public meeting to discuss the potentially negative effects of "photoshopping" -- using software to enhance images -- in advertising.
In particular, the group wants a discussion into "how materially altering the appearance of the human body in ads solely to manipulate and persuade consumers may influence the health of people who view those ads." The lawmakers have concerns about ads creating unrealistic expectations, especially for children and teenagers, of what people "can and should look like."
They also point to a possible increase in healthcare costs due to beauty-enhancing medical procedures, and say the advertising industry has been unwilling to create a set of standards for when image-enhancement is acceptable.
Among the lawmakers who signed Ros-Lehtinen's request were Reps. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton and Alcee Hastings of Miramar, both Democrats.