THE hosts of The Project have slammed a study on cleavage after asking Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gina Liano to awkwardly defend the issue on their live show.
A study by the Journal of Social Psychology that was posted online in May, and republished by the Daily Mail on Saturday, reports women who show cleavage have more power in the workforce.
On Monday night's episode of The Project, co-hosts Gorgi Coghlan and Waleed Aly slammed the report while 51-year-old Liano attempted to juggle the sensitive issue.
It left co-host Coghlan furious, admitting on-air she was angry about what she was reading.
"In all honesty I was really annoyed about this study today, I'm sick of studies about what women wear," Ms Coghlan grumbled.
According to the Daily Mail, "the study found women who loosened their top few buttons were seen as more forceful - especially to female colleagues".
"The outcome actually surprised researchers at the University of Wisconsin, who had expected a camisole to boost a woman's image."
Enter The Project to weigh-in on the issue - and who better to talk cleavage than the queen herself, Ms Gina Liano.
"A bit of cleavage, if you've got a nice chest, why not?"
Her cleavage is a secret?— Andy Thompson (@SweatyJester) July 10, 2017
Thanks for having me on "the project" tonight 6:30pm ch 10 https://t.co/XvBsecwlbq— Gina Liano (@Gina_Liano) July 10, 2017
But the conversation quickly turned into an awkward attempt to balance the idea of promoting healthy body image in women and the sexualisation of women in the workforce.
"Im trying to imagine there will be young girls sitting here watching this tonight or who might have read about the study during the day and I worry that the message they're getting is that to show off some cleavage, that's the way to have power and success in your professional life," Waleed told Liano.
"As a father that worries me, just generally as a message, is this a bit dangerous?"
It left the ample-bosomed Liano to defend women's assets, answering "if girls look at it as the rule to succeed they may fail. If a girl comes to work and it's a conservative environment and she's exuding too much sexuality, then it can come across as a distraction.
"It's important to balance it".
But she said, "I don't think cleavage is offensive".
Liano, a barrister outside of her reality TV life on Foxtel's Real Housewives of Melbourne franchise said that if she were to appear in court, "I am more conservative".
"I've got certain rules, I won't wear anything that's not particularly tailored and not too much cleavage, it could be dangerous."
Yet she claimed later that "if you've got a tailored suit and a bit of cleavage, it looks feminine".
Meanwhile, a December 2016 issue of Vogue UK claimed that cleavage has gone bust.
The author Kathleen Baird-Murray heralded the death of the D-cup - plunging necklines, exposed breasts and anything that screams va va voom are no longer ... well ... in vogue.
They were talking about cleavage. I thought the interview was a bit unfair on her. But our Gina nailed it.— Van Den Berg (@wzvdb) July 10, 2017
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