February 8th, 2008
12:55 PM ET
7 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


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  1. Ann Independent FairMedia,PA

    WOW what happened to the cockey supporters of Senator Obama? Now that most of the News Network's CEO's have reeled everyone in for bias and subjective news coverage...that favor Senator Obama(except for NBC, they just hate the Clintons period) and the playing feild is begining to appear a little more fair and equal...we are seeing that maybe we will have a good race for the Democratic Party.
    Time to heal, and allow Wolf, Anderson, Gloria, John King, David G(who fell into the biasness most),Jack C.,Solidad, John R, Roland Martin(the worst)...to name a few, I hope these people learned that sensationalism, negative spinning and hyperbole is second to OBJECTIVE and FAIR Reporting.
    Rock On CEO'S

    Personal note

    If you feel you have hurt Senator Clinton's chances of becoming the nominee...you may have. But the BIGGER hurt is the inability to find his true campaign worth by the Glorification Of Senator Obama and the media's HUGE role in it.

    February 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. David

    When is Hillary going to wear something besides her Bumble Bee outfit?

    February 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Thelma

    I so wanted to like Hilary, but dismayed when she hee-hawed a simple question...like was voting for the war a mistake? If she would just admit it, I'd vote for her naked.

    February 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. the one

    And this is supposed to make me vote for her?!?!?!??!

    February 8, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Jack

    Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush. Now Clinton. HAD ENOUGH?

    February 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Patricia

    CNN take that bloody Hillary add off your home page GAG

    February 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    Her wins are called beauty contests,her clothes are scrutinized, if she shows emotions she is weak, she doesn't she cold hearted, her hair is discussed. A man only needs to change his tie and he is good to go. Men are truly afraid of intelligent women. Men, are far more petty then women. Men who are not real men will always be against women. Except their mamas. Weak Men will always be ready to attack Hillary because she is better then they are. They don't like a woman in charge. Women of the country unite and take control of the mess men have created in this world.

    February 8, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. irma

    SAM, your sexism screams out from the posts. Wear a skirt for a couple of days, include nylons and high heels. Then let us know why women won't wear skirts.

    February 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. irma

    kRIS IN PA. Execellent comments!

    February 8, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Sam

    Hillary will be our next president and there is nothing the media can do about it.
    Take that!

    February 8, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. jeff

    Would you like to go to war on your front door step then vote for a democrat .If you want those that have given there all for this country to be meaningless then vote democrat we had 8 years of stick your head in the sand already. How do you think the terrorist got so organized. They had 8 years to do it with no threat of intervention from Bill.

    p.s congressional (Democrat controled) aprroval rating is lower than Bushs. Plus they have accomplished nothing but a pay raise for themselves.

    February 8, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. CTYANKEE

    Hey, A while back Obama was on the cover of GQ and all spiffed up inside too. Nobody was bashing him. Like I said, some people need to chill.

    February 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    I don't care what media said, Media lost respect, their mouth is garbage can. Don't worry about outfit, I love you and Americans admire you, Hillary. I and Americans will support you and vote you. Go Hillary.

    February 8, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. judi in wholly toledo

    We finally have a person running for the top position in this county that can pull this county together. Obama has everyones good at heart. Not just the Demo's but the Repub as well. He will be a great leader to start the healing thats so needed in the world oday. He will be able to seat at the table of anyones and eat dinner and have an intelligent l conversation. The USA is the greatest country in the world, we just made two bad choices over the last eight years.... Its time for a young bright,super tough man like Obama..............................

    February 8, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. James

    For real change there is really only one solution to our situation.

    Everybody needs to step back and realize that both Clinton and Obama are very good people and that is is highly unlikely that there are enough delegates left in any states left to throw one over the top with the delegates they each need. One wil out trump the other in different states and the count will stay very close to each other barring one of them doing real damage to themselves. Very unlikely scenario as they are both to intellegent to let anything go that far.

    So Clinton is older and has more experience currently and if Obama really wants change then step aside "only if" Clinton will take him as her VP running mate. If she would not immediately with him annouce such an alliance then he should stay in the race as she will prove herself not to be as smart as people think she is cabable of being.

    With this alliance the democrats would have a real chance of keeping the White House for the next 16 years. He also would be great to help keep the people motivated in keeping both houses of congress with a democratic stronghold. This means real changes and progress can be made over this 16 years.

    Also if democrats did winner take all like the republicans versus the much more fair way of proportional allocation of delegates we do Clinton would already have a commanding lead as she as taken the delegate rich states thus far.

    To me this would be a real change and way to powerfully allign the democratic party.

    February 8, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. Tyler in Raleigh

    Saying whatever it takes to get votes again. She is a man when she needs to be and cries when it wins votes. Maybe if she was just a PERSON and didnt try to "find her voice" in every poll people would respect her.

    February 8, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. The Real Issues Again Please

    Why do we care except I'm sick of seeing those hips. Now for the real issues concerning this country tune into an Obama speech.

    February 8, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Liz

    As usual, the media is subjective. Funny because I was always taught that news was objective but clearly CNN and other news networks are anything but objective. They destroyed Howard Deans pres. run for the last election and now they are attempting to do so with Hillary. I am tired of the media in this county and only reporting on what the powers that be say that they can report on. People research and be informed voters. Don't only pay attention to what the media wants you to know!

    February 8, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. mgleaso3

    Actually, there was an article on-line just a few days ago about why/when Obama started wearing a tie with his suit whereas in the early stages of the campaign, he wore an open-necked shirt with a jacket. There also was an article about Michelle Obama's wardrobe (apparently she's accused of channeling her inner Jackie O).

    Ridiculous on all fronts.

    OBAMA '08

    February 8, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. TwoCentsWorth

    This is just another example of how CNN will go out of its way to say something demeaning about Sen. Clinton.

    John from DC must actually be from another planet–CNN is very far from providing unbiased coverage of Sen. Clinton; they don't cover her public appearances to any great degree, sometimes barely mentioning them. And they don't interview her on The Situation Room on a critical primary election day like they did Obama. CNN does all it can to optimize Obama coverage, including special graphics on Super Tuesday (the checkerboard of state results) that were not provided for Clinton. They run his speeches in depth and cut off Sen. Clinton.

    CNN is trying to create a "self-fulfilling prophecy" by touting that Obama will run better against McCain. We don't know that really–much too early. But if they keep pounding that into people, then people will think it so. CNN appears to want to establish a band-wagon effect on behalf of Obama.

    The power of the media is immense. We need to listen carefully and to be careful about the impact of fine-sounding empty phrases in forming our ideas.

    February 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. nccole treadway

    This is news? How? It got her coverage, I guess. But doubt if it helped her possition. She needs to choose her coverage better, or at least stick to the issues so a article at this particular time address's something the american people want to evauate what she stands for. This is simple nonesense this close to election time. Crying twice was hard enough to bear knowing bad people was seeing her weakness(not once, but twice, with no crisis in sight) -–now this. what next? This is no time to do tom foolery! Or maybe she does this nk this is ok? who knows anymore! This is just strange behavior and way out of place. Did we return to the 60's or is she loseing it? Hey guys, I'm a woman and white--and I think this is a load of B.S. This isn't a jokeing matter. She hasn't decided how she wants to act, yet! Tough or cry! All I know is I see to much weakness in her. She doesn't know herself, or have the confidence she needs to be herself. If she can't do something like be true to herself----how can she be a strong leader? You people confuse me as much as she does, at times. Get real---This as President----–I don't think so.

    February 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. aware

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 :)

    She is authentic and beautiful inside and out. She is not a media mirage of a guy who paints himself much, much bigger than he is. She is in her prime for president now. BO needs time to mature in order to transition into the job in 2012.

    February 8, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  23. aware

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 :)

    Come to think of it – Barack in 2016 – more time to mature!

    February 8, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. Happy1

    Go Hillary! You have to have a sense of humor to deal with all the negative garbage she gets every day!

    February 8, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  25. who cares

    February 8, 2008 4:32 pm ET
    NIkky said

    "This is America, not Saudi Arabia.”

    Very respectful Hillary… Is this how you will see everyone if you become the president. Why would you even mention another country's name?… obviously to belittle them

    AAh, Nikki, you dummy, Wintour said it, not Hillary.
    Did you fail Reading comprehension in 3rd grade.?????
    better go back to school, love.

    February 8, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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