Fashion Magazine

What We Want Our Leaders to Look Like

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport

why we care how our leaders look

Why should it matter what our leaders look like? Both Australia and the USA (and probably a few other countries in the world) are currently in election campaign mode. Our politicians are in front of TV and newspaper cameras every day and what they look like may influence how we vote.

You may say “no, I only vote on policies” but this wouldn’t be true as you are human. Much has been written about the appearance of Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

As babies, studies have shown that our gaze lingers on more ‘attractive and symmetrical faces’ longer. Nobody told the babies to look longer at the attractive people. It’s something that is in us from birth.

We want our politicians, our leaders to be faster, smarter, stronger, richer, more successful and ideally more attractive than we are. They are an “ideal” that we would want to admire.

This is why image is so important for politicians.

Donald Trump would have gotten nowhere in his political campaign in the USA if he was poor.  His wealth says “I’m successful and rich so I know more and am smarter than you”.  Donald Trump’s hands have been commented on a number of times in the US elections.

Our leaders need to have no Achilles heel. Politics is very dog eat dog and the opposition will pounce on any “perceived flaw” that they can to try and gain the upper hand.

When I was interviewed and asked by a journalist about whether or not Bill Shorten’s “man boobs” were something that would help or hinder him in his election campaign (she brought up the topic not me and she brought it up as the topic has been bandied about in internet comments on news stories).  I said I thought they could hinder him as they show him to be all too human and average which is not what we want from leaders (or potential leaders).


We want our leaders to be more superhuman than human (and superheros don't have man boobs).
Click To Tweet


Yes talking about man boobs and judging someone and their intellect or policies on them is shallow, and I’m not going to let such a thing determine my vote.  But there are many who are looking for flaws and will use that information as part of their voting decision.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Mitsubishi A6M3 Reisen (Zero)

    Mitsubishi A6M3 Reisen (Zero)

    @ Camarillo Municipal Airport, CA August 2017 A rare flyable Zero performs a flyby at the Wings Over Camarillo airshow.  This aircraft was recovered from New... Read more

    6 hours, 6 minutes ago by   Htam
    PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIETY
  • 8 Ways To Instill A Sense Of Purpose In Your Startup

    Ways Instill Sense Purpose Your Startup

    Starting a new venture and thriving in today’s economy is hard, but the best have figured out that customers and employees need to feel that you have a sense... Read more

    6 hours, 37 minutes ago by   Martin Zwilling
    BUSINESS, CAREER
  • Karakoram Summer 2018: Summits on Broad Peak, Missing Climber Found by Drone

    Karakoram Summer 2018: Summits Broad Peak, Missing Climber Found Drone

    While the teams on K2 sit, wait, and watch the weather, things have been progressing in other parts of the Karakoram. In our last update from the end of last... Read more

    7 hours, 7 minutes ago by   Kungfujedi
    OUTDOORS
  • Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: A Second Look

    Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Second Look

    When I wrote my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks post last Thursday I wrote it that day, early in the morning, and it seems during a time when the site was... Read more

    8 hours, 7 minutes ago by   Wardrobeoxygen
    FASHION, SELF EXPRESSION, SHOPPING
  • Salmon with Olive-pistachio Tapenade and Tomatoes

    A foolproof trio loaded with flavor: moist and flavorful salmon dressed up with a juicy olive and crunchy pistachio tapenade. This simple, but elegant, dish... Read more

    8 hours, 57 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Vintage Avon Lady Beauty Tips 1946

    Vintage Avon Lady Beauty Tips 1946

    Simple beauty advice for the 1940s woman – Vintage-Avon-beauty-Tips-1946—the-elbows Elbow Tips: Keep them from getting rough by massaging Night Cream over them... Read more

    9 hours, 18 minutes ago by   Glamourdaze
    FASHION, LIFESTYLE
  • Top 10 French Albums

    French Albums

    The FIFA World Cup has come to an end with France being crowned World Champions! To mark the occasions we have compiled the Top 10 French albums of all time.... Read more

    10 hours, 40 minutes ago by   Tomatrax
    ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

Magazines