Sunday, 14 June 2009

Fashion in Politics: Caroline Flint

When I started doing these 'Fashion in Politics' posts, it was an obsession of mine to have at least one politician from the UK. I was really dissapointed because the female politicians here tend to all the same haircut and wear the same clothes. That is, until I came across Caroline Flint.

These pictures above are from The Guardian, when she modelled for them earlier this year. She modelled high street brands, such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Karen Millen.

She is the ex minister of Europe (she resigned a few hours before I started writing this post) and is a true female role model. She resigned because she felt that women in Parliament were not being listen to and not taken seriously.

She has had a really rough upbringing and has come a long way in her life. She grew up in poverty and was a single mother in her 20's. She was also the first in her family to go into higher education, which is a huge achievement. She fought through all her barriers to become a very successful and strong woman.

My favourite bit of trivia about her is that she's part of a tap dancing troupe known as the Division Belles, with a few other female politicians.

She is known for her amazing cheekbones, black eyeliner and her gorgeous figure.She has beautiful curves and really knows how to dress to show them off.

I absolutely love her style. She has lovely legs and likes to show them off, and its clear that she has a great variety of shoes and boots. She doesn't wear the boring suit most female professionals wear. Instead, she sticks to dresses and skirts. She wears feminie clothes and still looks like a politician. She is routinely voted among the most fanciable MPs in Westminster.

She has come under a lot of scrutiny, especially from the tabloid newspapers. She wore a split skirt (in the above picture) to a meeting, which admittedly is a bit daring. But it doesn't look to inappropriate and I want one now, lol. Male writers tend to refer to her as someone who "sashays" and is inapproprialte as a politician.

I don't think any female politicians have come under such scrutiny as Caroline Flint has. Critics say she has a massive ego and is vain just because she likes to look good. While researching this article, I found lots of journalists from mainstream newspapers criticising her and writing awful things about her. In fact I've found this happens to a lot of the women I've been writing about in this series.
I think thats really unfair. Ms Flint has a great style and maintains a degree of feminity, which a lot of the British female politicians have forgotten. I would love to see more of her in future British politics.

Who else would you like to see in this list? I have Jackie Kennedy and some Spanish politicians planned. How about any male politicians?

Sherin xx


Cafe Fashionista said...

I love the fact that she's a powerful politician, but loves to incorporate bright, playful colors into her wardrobe. It leads me to believe that she's confident enough in her position to still have fun. Love it; and love the women in politics feature - such a fabulous, original idea! :)

Couture Carrie said...

Lovely! Polished, but still fun! Excellent idea for a post series, darling!


Cheryl said...

I don't know her but she dresses really well. Maegan said...

yeah, she's pretty fab! I love the second outfit ...those shoes!

♥ Marta ♥ said...

Many of the women in politics tend to neglect their feminine side and those who don't always receive harsh criticism. I've noticed this trend in many work fields as well. Women who are not afraid to embrace their feminine are always criticized or judged.It's bizarre...

I love these articles...very inspiring :)

la petite fashionista said...

very interesting; i think it's so awful that women in power are considered vain just because they put a little bit of effort into their wardrobe.. this needs to change!

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