All politics aside, I am not a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. It’s not that she isn’t fashionable (and let’s be clear- she is truly not fashionable), it’s also not that she seemed to slide into politics on the coattails of her famously charming, former President husband. I have a problem with the fact that she is lauded for being an amazing role model for women despite the fact that she’s taken great pains to shun all of her femininity. I value and respect her obvious intelligence and skills as a diplomat, however I would love to see her embrace her role as a woman in the public eye and understand that her appearance is thusly very important.
When Clinton was campaigning in 2008, she was scheduled to appear in Vogue, a magazine with decided Democratic leanings and whose powerful editors raise large sums of money for the Democratic party and their candidates year after year. On the day of the interview and photo shoot, Clinton backed out on writer Julia Reed and left famed photographer Annie Leibovitz standing around getting paid to do nothing, according to the New York Post. When pressed for a reason, Clinton stated that she felt the clothes pulled for the shoot would make her look “too feminine”, as confirmed by a Vogue spokesman. Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour was outraged, taking to her Editor’s Letter in the February issue of Vogue to address the matter:
Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female presidential hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking too feminine… The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. How has our country come to this?…This is America, not Saudi Arabia.
It appears that the bridge between Hillary and Condé Nast hasn’t been permanently burned though, Clinton had a brief appearance in Vogue in 2009 and is now being featured in Condé Nast Traveller being interviewed on a topic she is extremely equipped to discuss: travelling. She is, afterall, the most travelled Secretary of State in United States history. Here, Condé Nast Traveller tries to convince us that Clinton “does not sweat. Literally. She does not even glow. No matter how high the heat, not a drop nor a drip nor a bead nor so much as the faintest glisten can be detected anywhere about her person.” Mmmmmm, alright then. Despite being a bit frivolous, the article does paint an accurate picture of the break-neck pace Clinton has been keeping up as she jets around the globe fulfilling her duties as the United States’ Chief Diplomat.