Skip to comments.Washington split over Clinton cleavage (Fashion Update FRom 'The Hill')
Posted on 07/28/2007 5:48:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AFP) - In Washington, where professional women's style statements are pointedly conservative, Hillary Clinton's cleavage has suddenly burst into one of the hottest topics of the Democratic presidential race.
The normally very conservative dresser's slightly low neckline during a July 18 campaign debate on education mostly went unremarked at first, until Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan took notice and branded it a "small acknowledgment of sexuality and femininity."
"There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon," the Pulitzer Prize-winning Givhan wrote.
"It belonged to Senator Hillary Clinton."
Clinton wore "a rose-colored blazer over a black top. The neckline sat low on her chest and had a subtle V-shape. The cleavage registered after only a quick glance," she wrote.
"There wasn't an unseemly amount of cleavage showing, but there it was. Undeniable ... It was startling to see that small acknowledgment of sexuality and femininity peeking out of the conservative -- aesthetically speaking -- environment of Congress."
The focus on Clinton's bosom rather than her national security policy drew an explosion of "thousands of angry letters and calls" from readers, mostly women, the newspaper's ombudsman later wrote.
Many took issue with the idea that the Post devoted so much room to a non-political aspect of a tense national political battle for the White House.
The Clinton campaign on Friday chimed in, hoping to turn the controversy over Givhan's article to advantage.
"Would you believe that The Washington Post wrote a 746-word article on Hillary's cleavage?" Ann Lewis, a top campaign official, said in a fund-raising e-mail.
"Frankly, focusing on women's bodies instead of their ideas is insulting. It's insulting to every woman who has ever tried to be taken seriously in a business meeting," Lewis wrote.
The Post ombudsman defended Givhan's article.
"Does this have anything to do with whether Clinton should be president?" the ombudsman asked. "Not a thing. But do we want to read the column about her cleavage? Yes indeed.
"It was the most viewed story on the Web site all day. So was a recent story on (Democratic presidential hopeful) John Edwards's hairdresser."
Earlier this year Edwards, who is running well behind Clinton in the Democratic race, was taken to task in newspapers and on the Internet for paying 400 dollars for a haircut.
When wasn't it? :-}
Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.,
speaks during an economic policy town hall meeting
Friday, July 27, 2007 at West Virginia State University
in Institute, W.Va. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)
Now if Hillary would just show off them cellulite legs.
“Breaking News. Cleavage in.”
Given Hillary’s endowment, that’s bad news for her. Rudy in drag looks better.
Now, if we were talking about thighs.........
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., gestures as she talks at the National Council of La Raza conference in Miami Beach, Fla., Sunday, July 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
What cleavage??? Where’s the pictures? I don’t see no stink’in cleavage!!
You can’t mean this picture???
Due to the slow summer news period...
BREAKING NEWS !!!!!
Candidate so and so has hemorrhoids.
STOP THE PRESSES
Her socialist Mao jacket stands out more!!!
No wonder Bill had to get a valve job.. wow.
I agree, that is quite a get-up.
With the lights out, bet Hill and Helen Thomas traded places to punish Bill!
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