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Ever saunter through the men's fitness magazine aisle at your local Barnes & Noble or Borders and feel besieged by the countless covers featuring oiled-up topless beefcake flexing their pecs? Well, turns out that only giant-muscled men are allowed to appear shirtless on the cover a magazine displayed at the mainstream bookstores. Slim men? Not allowed.
The latest cover of Dossier magazine features a shirtless image of androgynous-looking male model Andrej Pejic. And because Barnes & Noble and Borders were concerned that shoppers would mistake him for a woman, the companies demanded that Dossier's publishers shroud their cover in an opaque plastic bag.
"We knew that this cover presented a very strong, androgynous image," Dossier founder Skye Parrott told Jezebel, "and that could make some people uncomfortable. That's partly why we chose it. I guess it has made someone pretty uncomfortable... I've been talking to all my friends who work in magazines, and nobody I know has ever heard of anything like this happening. Especially with a guy. Guys are shirtless on magazine covers all the time."
· Dossier [Official Site]
· Barnes & Noble censors cover featuring androgynous male model [Jezebel]