On This One, I’m Team Hillary

Recently, the Drudge Report put a photo of Hillary Clinton’s face at the top over the headline: “Au Naturel.”  The photos were snapped in Bangladesh and India over the weekend, and people began chattering about how she didn’t look as polished as normal. Though she was wearing red lipstick – and cool glasses! — she didn’t wear foundation.  After the Drudge link appeared, the Washington Post said she looked like a schoolgirl, the Atlantic approved of her appearance, and Fox News said she looked “tired and withdrawn.”

Isn’t it crazy how a little decision like, “should I wear my foundation today?” ended up getting so much national attention?  I’m not a Democrat or an important leader, but it seems a little overdone.

When I was on Dancing with the Stars, I was only nineteen years old. I was active and fit, but I did gain five to ten pounds over the course of the show.  At my heaviest, I was still thinner than a lot of girls my age, but heavier than I am now. I’m not saying this because I’m somehow proud of how I looked on that show. Rather, I’m saying that I’ve been the brunt of jokes, speculation, and criticism about my appearance, and it’s not fun.

When people choose to mock young impressionable females and even more mature national political leaders, it spreads the lie that the value of women resides in their appearance.  As women, we should resist the urge to laugh at our sisters, both Democrats and Republicans alike. Plus, Hillary looks good! I think we should give her credit for not having a make up artist following her around and for being comfortable in her own skin.

And speaking of no makeup, this is what my mom looks like 90% of the time!

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  • Chris

    Your momma is a beautiful woman!!! You should be so proud. Thank you for sharing your life with us all.

  • http://bobbisbuzzing.blogspot.com/ Bobbi Jo Nichols

    What does it matter what she looks like as long as she is doing her job. For that matter who is to judge what is beauty and what isn’t.
    By the way your mom is beautiful, smart and funny. I can see her in you! Keep up the great posts Bristol.

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  • Ketha

    Awesome! Hilary just fine, and mama bear is always a beauty!

  • Justine Stewart

    Great post Bristol!

  • http://crayfisher.wordpress.com votermom

    Bristol, as a PUMA ex-Dem who enthusiastically supports and voted for your mom but still admires Hillary deeply, THANK YOU! You understand sisterhood, something self-labelled feminists used to understand but have completely forgotten about today.
    You are a great role model not just for young women but for all women everywhere.

  • J. Elizabeth

    Totally agree. Plus, she was in Bangladesh and India–her make-up would have been a mess in the heat and humidity and the media would have criticized that. Must have been a slow news day.

  • bellagrazi

    I don’t know how much support you’re going to get for this post, Bristol. Politics is so polarizing right now. But I’m Team Hillary, too. I think it’s important that women support one another regarding this kind of criticism. You were criticized for your weight on DWTS, your mom for being too feminine, and Hillary for not being a super model. It’s time all women stand up for each other (no matter their political leanings) otherwise, this will continue. By the way, your mom looks incredible in that picture! If that’s the way she looks 90% of the time, she is blessed.