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Vogue’s editor in chief to Hillary Clinton: “This is America, not Saudi Arabia.”


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Tracy Clark-Flory
January 18, 2008 7:30pm (UTC)

Oh no she didn't! Jezebel reports (via Women's Wear Daily) that Anna Wintour, Vogue's editor in chief, called a certain presidential hopeful -- the only candidate for whom it would be an insult -- "mannish." You see, Wintour was determined to have the final word after Hillary Clinton reportedly backed out of an opportunity to pose for the magazine's cover. According to a Vogue rep, Clinton's camp was concerned "she would appear too feminine." In her February editor's letter, Wintour dishes out some serious sartorial sass:

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. 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.


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