February 8th, 2008
12:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton pokes fun at her flawed fashion

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the latest edition of Us Weekly hitting newsstands Friday, Hillary Clinton accompanies the celebrity magazine on a “greatest hits” tour of her past fashion faux-pas.

In a playfully-mocking four-page spread titled “My Worst Outfit Ever,” Clinton addresses some of her more debatable wardrobe choices during her life.

Clinton dodged blame for the striped pants she wore in the 1960’s, claiming "It's not my fault… It was the '60s." She also promoted her environmental policy while considering the massive, brightly-colored overcoat she wore at a Feed the Children event in New York City in 2000. "I'm a big believer in recycling – even carpets!” she said.

The spread might irk Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who last month railed the New York senator for backing out of a fashion shoot at the last minute.

Wintour accused Clinton of ditching the shoot out of fear of public perception. "We were told by Ms. Clinton's camp that they were concerned if Clinton appeared in Vogue that she would appear too feminine,” Wintour is quoted as saying. She added that “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.”

- CNN's Joshua Lederman

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Steve, Chappaqua, N.Y.

    It's amazing to me that even the most innocuous piece like this will bring out all the Clinton haters. What do you think will happen in the general election, people REALLY hate this woman. Is that the type of nominee we want? Is that the type of President we want? It seems like that's the type of President we have now. Think about it.

    February 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Karl, Charleston, SC

    She has an excuse for everything!

    February 8, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Margie-Overland Park, Ks.

    If people see these comments as derogatory from Hillary then this is all about them and not Hillary. I think they are very genuine. I've never seen bus drivers look like Hillary. What kind of a neihborhood do you live in?

    February 8, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Natalie

    "Noone would ever talk about the wardrobe of a male candidate."

    Um, Hillary talked about it.

    February 8, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Terry from El Paso

    This is moronic. Who cares what other people wear? Wear what you want and let other people wear what they want. There is no such thing as "fashion." Have you all been made into merchandise zombies by advertising?

    Our best and homliest president, Lincoln, did not dress as fashionably as our worst president – Harding, Grant, or Bush (take your pick).

    February 8, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Steph

    What an insult to feminists everywhere. We can be as beautiful as we want to be when we want to be. I think Hil should grow out her hair and put on a sundress. On second though. . . maybe a sweater too.

    February 8, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Al in Wpg

    Mark S

    That bill you refer to, if you did some research, was altered before the vote to actually raise taxes on the oil companies and increase spending on renewable energy... is that a bad thing to vote on?

    February 8, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Dale Pazina

    Please spare us from having to listen to every speech made by every candidate from now to election day. Those who have already voted no longer need to hear them; and those of us who don't vote until May, know the message of each of them will change by the time they pay any attention to us. Surely there is other news than campaign rallies.

    February 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. SK

    Honestly CNN
    Is this relevent to the election? Just another negative article about Hillary.
    Give us the real news, and what is pertinent to the election, give us legitimate info to help us make an informed decision.

    February 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. KAF F

    Who cares!! What does her fashion have to do with the issues, nothing.

    February 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Adarrah for Obama

    NAFTA is Bill's Baby and Hillary voted for No Child Left Behind.

    February 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. c

    I don't like Hillary. This isn't about a woman being president. I think that this country is ready for a woman for President. I would support Pelosi, Rice, even Mrs. Gore. Just any woman but Hillary.

    February 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Ron, TX

    Hey Hillary, how about we stick to the issues?

    February 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Carl

    to Scott, Royal Oak .... change your name or least come up with something original. You've been stating your obsessive dislike for her for weeks. We get it... you don't like her. Get over it. You are boring the rest of us.

    February 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. head of the house

    Listen, kids-

    Haven't I told you to stop saying mean things to Hillary? You know she'll start crying again! Go to your rooms!

    February 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. No Hillbilly

    We had Billary, Just say NO to Hillbilly!!

    February 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Maria

    Since when does a woman today have to dress in a specific way in order to keep on being a women. Hillary is wright. By the way CNN this is not NEWS!!! Keep it focused.

    February 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Clothes Horse

    So what's not to like.? No, she isn't Nancy Pelosi, who is admittedly 7 years older, but not everyone wears Ferragamo and St. John suits. This is really a "fluff" piece (i.e. amusing, but not much else)

    February 8, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Wayne

    For 8 years we heard of the Clinton Co-presidency. We heard stated ever-so blithely and repeatedly that if we elected Bill we'd get two Clintons for the price of one. Well, we did and, according to the Clintons, we did get two presidents for the price of one – a co-presidency.

    According to the U.S. Constitution, no one can serve more than two terms (8 years) as President of the United States. No one, not even a former co-president.

    Arguably, we've already put up with 8 years of a Clinton-Clinton presidency, and Miss Hillary is running on – of all things – her experience IN THE WHITE HOUSE, as a co-president.

    I submit that by the very words, co-presidents/two for the price of one, Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton is ineligible to run for president and, if we are stupid enough to elect her, I submit that her "presidency" would be unconstitutional and could legally be challenged.

    Let's end the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Cabal! It is time to get out of the truth let's give a different family a chance. Please...

    February 8, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Lauren

    Mark S: "I think its funny that Obama went to New Orleans and said how hes gonna try and help. WHERE WAS HE A FEW YEARS AGO?? I know Bill helped a lot..."

    To answer your question... Obama was there WITH Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush. Maybe if you researched this at all, you might already know that. Maybe you just tell yourself what YOU want to hear. Here's a direct quote if you are interested in the truth:

    "But after Hurricane Katrina, Obama toured the devastated areas with Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush and then appeared on CBS's Face the Nation and ABC's This Week to blast the federal government's sluggish response and highlight the racial and economic gaps it exposed."

    February 8, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. gigi

    I think it is time to allow this candidate to speak to the issues rather than berate her every move.

    Why does the press insist on criticizing her every move. I don't see a blog here about Obama, his necktie, his choice of food, his lack of wearing his flag lapel pin.

    When is it going to stop. This country has enough issues to worry about than her choice of clothes.

    February 8, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Justin

    The more she sprinkles in self-deprecating moments like this, the better.

    February 8, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Katheirne

    Why are we even talking about this? How is this going to help me decide who to vote for? Where are the issues in this article? Are all the cadidates wardrobes going to be put under the microscope? I agree with another poster, if Hillary was a man we would never see an article like this!

    February 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Dennis

    Roger's comment above apparently is an attempt to shame people into voting for Clinton, because otherwise, we are afraid of female leadership and no different than Saudi Arabia. Yeah, thats it. I see, we just should have elected any woman that campaigned for the White House this year. Look, if you think she is the best candidate, then vote for her. I plan on voting for who I think is the best candidate regardless of race, gender, age, or religion.

    February 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Court

    Dani – Right on! No one would even care about the attire of a male candidate. This is disgusting...Hillary should not have pandered to the press and even done such a ridiculous photo shoot. And Sam, news flash: it's 2008, not 1958. This saddens me greatly.

    February 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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