Remember when Hillary Clinton was seen as dowdy and wonky, standing by her man? Things have changed. No longer are there the ugly '80s-'90s era pantsuits (yeah, they were ugly)—the 2012 pantsuits, when they are pantsuits, are of a decidedly more chic variety. Along with the fashion changes, the new Clinton is more free, going out and having fun, even drinking beer, while at the same time, getting the job done. And not just any job, the job of Secretary of State.
The most recent addition in this storyline on the newly cool, frankly awesome Clinton involves her pitch-perfect response to a photo of herself posted on The Drudge Report, along with the headline "Hillary Au Naturale," Monday. In the photo taken by the AP during her visit to Bangladesh last Saturday, she appears to be wearing no makeup, though she does sport dark-framed, square-ish glasses and a dash of red lipstick. If anything, her look is pretty 2012, with a certain hipster vibe in keeping with Clinton's burgeoning cool cred. But we're not used to seeing our lady politicians that way, so casually uncoiffed, their wrinkles and freckles visible, like... Well, like real human women. Because that's the thing, right? As we rail on magazines and websites and advertisements for photoshopping women into oblivion, we're still more comfortable seeing fake images of women, without acknowledging they're fake. Instead, each time we look at a prettier/better/more perfect image of what we are supposed to be or or aspire to be, we think to ourselves, "Oh, she is better than I am." It's hard not to.