Thanks in part to a long, long political career, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knows a lot about the importance of image. Her clothes, shoes, and makeup have all been national news at one point or another, but nothing creates a media flurry like when she gets a new haircut. Her hair has inexplicably been a major part of the national political discourse since she wore a headband in the early 90s and everyone flipped the hell out. That particular teapot tempest led every mom I knew to suddenly dump her headbands on her daughters (I got quite the headband haul that year), and people have been watching Hillary Clinton’s hair ever since.
“If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle,” she once joked. That comment is surely going to set off a bunch of conspiracy theorists this week, because Hillary Clinton went and got bangs. Paired with the dark sunglasses, this new haircut is giving us a serious Anna Wintour vibe, but we mean that in a good way.
She’s been changing up her hair a lot lately. Just a few months ago in July, Clinton got fringey, side-swept bangs on the advice of Oscar de la Renta. The fact that she’s now moved on to the full, across-the-forehead fringe lends credence to my long-standing theory that side-swept bangs are a gateway drug. It’s an in-between look that can easily be disguised as layers if you decide you hate bangs. But if a person winds up liking the side bang a lot, there’s likely a full Zooey Deschanel in her future.
According to Us Magazine, Clinton debuted her new look at the inauguration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. We can be forgiven for not noticing Clinton’s bangs at first, because they were upstaged by Chiara de Blasio‘s witch hat. That’s a major coup for the young Ms. de Blasio. We didn’t think an earthquake could draw attention from Hillary Clinton’s hair, but Chiara did it with just a hat and a chic leopard-print coat. We’re calling it: 2014 is the year of style icon Chiara de Blasio.