Fashion victims

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Joseph's coat of many colours caused serious strife in the family; Cinderella's sisters cut off their heels and toes to squeeze their feet into the glass slipper; the first Liberian governments wore top hats and frock coats despite the tropical climate; a slimmer David Lange campaigned in New Zealand with a stapled stomach; Amy March in Little Women slept with a clothes-peg on her nose to induce an aristocratic point; Anglo- Indian Merle Oberon permanently damaged her complexion with skin-lightening chemicals; George V wore 'enough for both of us' said Gandhi, accused of being underdressed in a dhoti; Madonna fainted having her navel pierced.