Recently, Hillary Clinton visited India. It was a three-day spree with visits to two of the most popular cities and countless meetings. She was there to try to persuade India to wean itself off Iranian oil, which they seem to be slowly doing. However, the fact that Hillary is abroad, brokering deals to better the world and the economy, isn’t what’s making headlines. No, what everyone’s talking about is the fact that she’s doing it sans makeup.
It became such a big deal that she was even asked about it during an interview with CNN. Hilary said:
“I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now, Jill. Because you know if I want to wear my glasses I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I’m pulling my hair back. You know at some point it’s just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention. And if others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change. It doesn’t drive me crazy anymore. It’s just not something I think is important anymore.”
Oh man. I get it—Hilary woke up, probably pretty jet-lagged, and decided that she would rather throw on her glasses and a little lip gloss and go to work. That’s right—the woman WORKS for a living. She’s not an actress or a model; her job isn’t to look good. Her job is to get India to stop giving money to Iran, and you know what, guys? There isn’t always time or desire for pancake makeup and eyeliner!
I saw a headline that said “Hillary Clinton ‘au natural’ is no Kate Middleton. Is that OK?” and honestly, I was baffled by that. Kate Middleton just turned 30 years old and is a duchess. It’s her damn job to look the part of a duchess, right? Hillary Clinton is 64 years old and the Secretary of State of the United States … a little bit different, no?
At any rate, I’ve got to say: I think Hillary looked dang good without makeup on. She’s 64 and I wouldn’t have guessed a day over 52. Sure, she’s got some loose skin and a few wrinkles, but she appears to have a nice, even skintone, her eye glasses were very stylish, her hair is multi-tonal and was not out of place or unkempt.
Is this a discussion we really need to be having in 2012?