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said she looked like a schoolgirl, the Atlantic approved of her appearance, and Fox News said she looked “tired and withdrawn.”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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  • Reeve Baily

    If you are going to compare apples to apples as a footnote… please post another photo of your mom…an extreme close-up, taken at an unflattering low- angle, one that she would never approve of herself. Because that’s what they did to Hillary. I liked the post, but then the photo at the end deflated your point.

  • KapoleiDave

    Wow. I can see the trolls are out in force.

    “Let me remember that the impact of criticism is often not the intent of the critic, but when the intent is evil, that’s what the ‘block’ button is for.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYlCVwxoL_g

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  • Crystal

    Your mom is beautiful. You looked great on dancing with the stars. And idiots commenting on how any female looks in a negative manner are repugnant

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  • http://Www.kickingkourtney.wordpress.com Kourtney

    I don’t understand some of these comments! Bristol has never said she was a political figure or was even trying to be one! I want you to take her last name out of all of this and then think about her views! If she wasn’t a Palin you wouldn’t care. For everyone that has posted something mean or hurtful I want you to think about your neighbor or a friend at least one of them is republican and probably has the same view points as Bristol. Honestly what is the point in saying such awful things. In all honesty both parties are to blame for the situation we are in! I don’t agree with what the Palins say all the time, but I admire the entire family for being able to push through the crap they get and to continue to voice their opinion. Its people with that kind of drive that get things done! The fact that you guys are making a big deal out of Bristol complimenting a democrat is crazy. Shouldn’t you view that as a win? Stop being so freaking judgemental and listen to the way you sound. She’s human just like you!

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