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Madeleine Albright mixed fashion with diplomacy




I always thought former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright seemed like one impressive lady. Now I have another reason to admire her.

In her new book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box, Albright explains how she wore brooches on her left shoulder to subtly convey her feelings to world leaders. If she wanted to deliver a tough message with a little sting, she wore a wasp. When peace talks dragged, she opted for turtles.

She wore three monkeys to suggest the Russians' "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" stance when she felt they were ignoring the horrors in Chechnya, and when those pesky Russians bugged the State Department, she pinned a big bug to her shoulder to show she was onto their tactics.

Albright told NPR's Susan Stamberg (click here to listen to the interview and read an excerpt from Read My Pins) that she didn't feel this overtly feminine touch to her wardrobe diminished her credibility when dealing with the mostly male head honchos of the world. "I love being a woman," she explained simply, noting that the pins didn't replace serious conversations about weighty problems.

Men wear power ties, Albright wears power pins. I think it's both clever and classy that she makes a statement with her words AND her wardrobe.

Deal Diva Colleen

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:20pm]


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