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When Hillary Clinton opted out of Vogue's February issue for fear of looking too feminine, Anna Wintour had some interesting words to say in her Editor's Letter.

This spring we are blessed with a fantastic variety of subtle, sophisticated clothes that make a woman — at work, at the playground, at cocktails — look marvelously modern. The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying.

Ouch . . . I would never want to be on Anna's bad side! I wonder what CitizenSugar makes of all this.


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Mintie Mintie 9 years
It doesn't surprise me that Hilary would see it that way... further illustrates my point that she does not represent ME. I have a feeling many other women feel that she doesn't represent THEM either, because she is coming in 3rd in female votes.
bombdoll bombdoll 9 years
Sorry, he did wear a suit jacket, just no tie and a white shirt.
bombdoll bombdoll 9 years
you know, of all the presidential candidates who caught flack for the way they dress, I think obama probably got some of THE WORST criticism. Remember when he got compared to ahmadinejad because he didn't wear a suit jacket or tie on the campaign trail?
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
very true
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Well, I personally think Hillary overreacted by opting out of Vogue. However, I can understand her playing it safe to avoid any criticism. Maybe I'm naive, but I presumed in Vogue, Hillary could have been fashioned in a conservative and respectful manner (that is typical of her style). Elegant and classy that is fitting for her position as Senator (and presidential hopeful). Those aspects are part of fashion, too, not just the frilly, skimpy stuff. JMHO.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
syako - I think it's the same thing, yes.
syako syako 9 years
freegrace, was it a bad thing, then, for Barack to be on Men's Vogue's cover - since it is, too, a fashion magazine?
JessNess JessNess 9 years
*oops NOT Saudi Arabia
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Fab cut off the rest of Anna's statement where she goes on to say that this is America and Saudi Arabia which just shows me that Anna has no clue what she is talking about Hillary choosing to wear suits is not the same as the clothing situation of Saudi women
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
While I agree with Anna's statement, I know I would've rolled my eyes at Hillary appearing in 'Vogue.' As much as I love 'Vogue,' it IS a fashion magazine and I would've thought Hillary was disingenuous for appearing on their cover. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
RioAravwyn RioAravwyn 9 years
I completely agree with Anna's statement. How can it be feminism if you are supposed to act/look like a man? That said, I've no idea what the context of this statement from Hillary was. Maybe she was half-naked on a bed or frolicking through wildflowers or something. Maybe the photo shoot wasn't so much making her look feminine as too weak, or as not fitting with her image. Could just be poor choice of words on her side.
HotNuttyBrownie HotNuttyBrownie 9 years
If you take her statement as "it SUCKS that women have to downplay their femininity in order to be taken seriously," then yes, she's right. But I have a feeling she's just taking a swipe at Clinton. I'm no Hillary supporter, but she would get *ripped to shreds* by the media if she started dressing in a more feminine manner. And that blows, yes - but the time to address that is not in the middle of an extremely important presidential campaign.
megafie megafie 9 years
Anna's right had man, Andre Leon Talley, is a huge Barak supporter. I wonder if that had something to do with this.
RoyalBlueMoss RoyalBlueMoss 9 years
syako, I agree. I love Barack and was excited to see him on the cover of the men's. Hilary not doing the cover of vogue is another strike against in my book. Didn't like her to begin with and even more so now.
Secretista Secretista 9 years
Haha, I know. When I read it in the Magazine I was shocked.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
You know Hillary is running for PRESIDENT of the U.S not the next fashionista. Yes you can have power and fashion but honestly how serious would anyone take her while she is talking about health care wearing the latest fashions? She is already ripped apart for what she is wearing the last thing she needs is for people to able her as being vain and caring more about her looks than the country by trying to portray herself as feminine. As women we may see a women in power dressing feminine as a good thing but to men its a completely different thing. She is already fighting against sexist ideas that this country has about a woman in power and not being strong enough. Guys are not going to vote for someone who seems to care about her looks. So if that means dressing "mannish" to get the population to take her seriously then so be it. Anna really should not be talking, that fur wearing snobby hag hasn't changed her look in over a decade. I would like to see her try to run for a political office wearing what she does and see what kind of shit she gets for it.
xpusoula xpusoula 9 years
ew i hate anna not a big fan of hilary either
DejaVecu DejaVecu 9 years
Yeah Anna! However...Hillary has a nutcracker in her (dubious) honor. I don't think she's coming off as too feminine. Let's face it, Hillary is a "love her or hate her" figure and people who hate her...they really, really hate her. It wouldn't have mattered what she picked. She's damned either way for some. I think she should've done it. It's Vogue! (But, that's me talking here.) I think it's funny, yet scary, how shallow certain elements of our Presidential Elections have always been. They have always been a lot about appearance, it's nothing new.
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
wooo go anna!!
laurniedoll laurniedoll 9 years
Hillary's already caught a lot of flack for showing a teeny amount of cleavage, and now people won't stop talking about how manly she looks or how bad her pantsuits are. Just leave the woman alone. She's the only candidate that gets a lot of crap about her appearance, and of course, it's only because she's female.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
BTW how do we know that Hillary opted out because she didn't want to look to feminine. I would think that she would not want to do Vogue because it is seen as expensive and upper class (in terms of what it shows and advertises) and she is trying to appeal to the more middle class demographic. There are so many politics in even deciding what magazine to be featured in
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
well, she can dress like she does and still be on the cover of a magazine. i don't think that should be an issue, but i guess she has to be really careful.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I agree with JessNess. And it's not about hiding your true self or being afraid to express yourself, its what's being appropriate in your line of work. there are days when I would just love to wear yoga pants and a fleece jacket to work and other days I want to put on my red patent platform shoes, but I don't. Not because I'm afraid to express myself, but because I work in a professional setting. I mean, as much as I love reading Vogue, there's pretty much nothing in there that is work appropriate. It must be nice to work at Vogue and get to wear all of that cool stuff (assuming, of course, that Vogue really is like Runway on the Devil Wears Prada). For the rest of us it's about balancing our personal style with professionalism. And maybe that's where Anna is right--maybe Senator Clinton could do a better job at incorporating a feminine element into her professional attire. I think it's possible to look good, look feminine, and still project an image of professionalism and confidence.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
JessNess, you put it beautifully! I couldn't agree more!
syako syako 9 years
Barack was on the cover of Men's Vogue, why can't Hillary be in women's Vogue. I think Anna is right.
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