Recently, former CNN anchor Kiran Chetry and PBS’ Judy Woodruff spoke out against the scrutiny that female TV anchors are under in order to live up to the beauty standard that is now finding its way into news channels.

 

It is not new information to anyone that women on TV have been scrutinized over their appearance. However, one would think when the object of the show is not to entertain so much as it is to inform, appearance would not be under such scrutiny. Well, think again.

 

Chetry and Woodruff listed some of the things they were asked to change about themselves for the sake of their job, some of which being asked to wear a wig, not have bare arms, dye their hair blonde, or even get botox. Some of the requests are even completely contradicting: such as a request to wear longer skirts followed by a request to wear shorter skirts.

 

According to the Huffington Post, “Chetry said that she has ‘laughed’ and taken the advice with a grain of salt over the years, while Woodruff added that getting the news out and focusing on the content of stories should be a journalist’s first priority.”

 

Woodruff added, “I think women have to take a deep breath and think, ‘What am I doing here? Am I here to be a reporter, to gather the news, to make sure it gets out and do the best job I can?’ …If that’s what you’re trying to do, that’s what ultimately is going to matter.”

 

To view the entire interview, check it out on the Huffington Post.

 

What do you think of Chetry and Woodruff calling out some of the things they were asked to do? Do you think that the standard is ridiculous? Does your job require a standard of beauty? What have you been asked to do for your appearance at work? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!