Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clinton Assails Fashion Ads Targets Heroin-Chic Photography

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clinton Assails Fashion Ads Targets Heroin-Chic Photography

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President Bill Clinton rebuked the fashion industry Wednesday for featuring models seemingly strung out on heroin. "You do not need to glamorize addiction to sell clothes," Clinton declared.

Clinton used a White House speech to attack the so-called heroin-chic style of photography - widespread in fashion magazines - depicting women with the drawn, emaciated look associated with heroin addiction. On college campuses and elsewhere, he said, heroin is "becoming increasingly the drug of choice."

"The glorification of heroin is not creative, it's destructive. It's not beautiful, it is ugly. And this is not about art, it's about life and death. And glorifying death is not good for any society," Clinton said in an address to the nation's mayors. The president's attack was his latest attempt to connect with Americans by addressing their concerns on social issues. He has raised his voice on crime, education, teen pregnancy, family breakups, violence, the coarsening of the culture. …

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