Six years ago, when she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was asked the following question during a trip to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: “Which designers do you prefer?”
She responded with a question: “What designers of clothes?”??When the interviewer replied that yes, that’s indeed what he had meant, she said, “Would you ever ask a man that question?”
Clinton’s political career has been tainted by sexism, and her fashion choices are just one avenue by which her critics have chosen to disparage her. She’s heard more pantsuit jokes than I’m sure she can count; a meme about her $12,000 Armani jacket when viral a few months ago, while no mention of male candidate’s bespoke suits made headlines.
The Instagram account Hillarystreetstyle, which pairs Clinton’s outfits with similar ones sported by international fashion icons throughout the decades, is in many ways a rebuttal to all the people who’ve disparaged the presidential nominee on the basis of her appearance.