Versace says Hillary Clinton should ditch
(Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should tap into her
feminine side and wear dresses and skirts instead of trousers, fashion designer
Donatella Versace was quoted as saying on Thursday "I can understand
(trousers) are comfortable but she’s a woman and she is allowed to show that,"
Versace told Germany’s weekly newspaper Die Zeit in an interview. "She
should treat femininity as an opportunity and not try to emulate masculinity in
politics," Versace said. Skirts should reach to the knee and be worn with
a short jacket or coat, she said. The best colour would be black rather than
the blue Clinton
currently favours, she added. "I admire her for her determination, which
will hopefully take her to the White House," Versace told the paper.
I agree with Donatella. Hillary would look
great in a skirt and matching coat, it would still look formal,
approachable and presidential. Some companies didn’t allow women to wear
trousers to work and when they did, trousers had to be worn with a matching
suit jacket, exactly like a man’s suit. So was this progress, well it’s was at the time. North Americans are more partial to trousers but would you be more likely to wear a skirt to an interview? Europeans
dress and North Americans dress can really feel worlds apart. British women
wear heels with skirts, dresses & jeans, they show more cleavage and just
aren’t afraid of being girly. Not to say Hillary should
dress more girly/feminine, but what is the best way for her to dress to win the
election? What should be heard first? Her politics or her fashion sense? Well
of course her politics, but could a change in her dress help her win votes in middle America? Maybe
not, but maybe? Going to rallies and meeting voters who dress in
sweaters, t-shirts and jeans (normal every day functional clothes), would a
dress be considered too formal, even unapproachable? Probably. Hillary Clinton
is an approachable person and her dress sense has to be understood to her
voter. One of the things that I think she does quite well is her use of
jewellery. Jewellery can create personal style right way. Back to the skirt
& dress coat, which of course is a win win look.Of
course the question of double standards arises. Is Hillary under greater
scrutiny about her dress/fashion sense? Well of course she is? Is it fair? No!
Does it matter? Yes and no and yes. Fashion is a language and we can use it to convey
something about our selves. There hasn’t been a US female president so for some reason we have to wonder what does a female
president look like? Just
in case you didn’t think there were any example of Women Prime Ministers and
Presidents in the 20th Century.
here’s a small list:
1. Sri Lanka Prime Minister,1960-1965, 1970-1977,
1994-2000. Sirimavo Bandaranaike,
2. India Prime Minister,1966-77, 1980-1984. Indira Gandhi,
3. Israel Prime Minister,1969-1974.
President,1974-1976 Isabel Peron
5. Central African
Republic Prime Minister,1975-1976 Elisabeth Domitien,
6. Great Britain
Prime Minister, 1979-1990. Margaret Thatcher,
Prime Minister,1979-1980. Maria da Lourdes Pintasilgo
Prime Minister,1979-1980. Lidia Gueiler Tejada
Prime Minister,1980-1995. Dame Eugenia
11. Norway Prime Minister, 1981, 1986-1989,
1990-1996. Gro Harlem Brundtland,
12. China Honorary
President,1981. Soong Ching-Ling, Peoples’ Republic of
13. Milka Planinc Yugoslavia Federal Prime Minister, 1982-1986. ,
14. Malta President, 1982-1987. Agatha Barbara,
Antilles Prime Minister,1984-1986, 1988-1993. Maria Liberia-Peters,
16. Philippines President,1986-92. Corazon Aquino,
17. Pakistan Prime Minister,1988-1990, 1993-1996. Benazir Bhutto,
Prime Minister,1990-91. Danuta PrunskienaKazimiera
19. Violeta Barrios de
Chamorro, Nicaragua Prime Minister,1990-1996.
President, 1990-1997. Mary Robinson
Interim President, 1990-1991. Ertha Pascal Trouillot
22. Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, German Democratic
Republic President, 1990.
23. Burma MyanmarHer party won 80% of the
seats in a democratic election in 1990, but the military government refused to
recognize the results. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Aung San Suu Kyi,
Bangladesh Prime Minister, 1991-1996. ,
Prime Minister, 1991-1992. Edith Cresson
26. Hanna Suchocka,
Poland Prime Minister, 1992-1993.
27. Kim Campbell,
Canada Prime Minister, 1993.
28. Sylvie Kinigi,
Burundi Prime Minister, 1993-1994.
Prime Minister, 1993-1994.
30. Susanne Camelia-Romer,
Antilles Prime Minister, 1993, 1998-
Turkey Prime Minister, 1993-1995.
32. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge,
Sri Lanka Prime Minister, 1994, President, 1994-
33. Bulgaria Interim Prime Minister, 1994-1995. Reneta
Prime Minister, 1995-1996.
Prime Minister, 1996-.
37. Pamela Gordon,
38. Janet Jagan
Prime Minister, 1997, President, 1997-1999.
39. Jenny Shipley,
New Zealand Prime Minister, 1997-1999.
40. Ruth Dreifuss
41. Jennifer Smith,
Bermuda Prime Minister, 1998-.
42. Nyam-Osoriyn Tuyaa,
Prime Minister, July 1999.
43. New Zealand
Prime Minister, 1999-. Helen Clark
44. Mireya Elisa Moscoso de Arias, Panama President,
45. Vaira Vike-Freiberga,
Latvia President, 1999-.
46. Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Finland