When Hillary Clinton snubbed US Vogue...
Oh dear... did someone forget to mention to Senator Hillary Clinton that pissing of Anna Wintour probably isn't going to help her win any votes from the fash pack? According to WWD, Clinton was all set to appear in US Vogue during the presidential race but backed out late last fall before the photo shoot was due to take place for fear of appearing too alluring.
"We were told by Ms. Clinton's camp that they were concerned if Clinton appeared in Vogue that she would appear too feminine," confirmed a Vogue spokesperson.
Needless to say Wintour wasn't about to let sleeping dogs lie, she followed up Clinton's snub in her February editor's letter with a scathing response:
"Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female president 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."
But it didn't stop there...
"This is America, not Saudi Arabia. It's also 2008: Margaret Thatcher may have looked terrific in a blue power suit, but that was 20 years ago. I do think Americans have moved on from the power-suit mentality, which served as a bridge for a generation of women to reach boardrooms filled with men. Political campaigns that do not recognize this are making a serious misjudgment."
There has been no comment so far from Clinton's camp over the matter. The Sen. has appeared in features for Vogue before, in fact a total of six times, including a cover in December 1998 where she was the first first lady to ever do so.
She obviously didn't have a problem with appearing too feminine before, so I wonder what's changed... Any guesses...?
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