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said she looked like a schoolgirl, the Atlantic approved of her appearance, and Fox News said she looked “tired and withdrawn.”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

    There are so many things wrong with this. You are one of the MOST ignorant people out there and I am very sorry for you.

    • Amie

      How about a substantive post with actual rebuttal rather than resorting to unsubstantiated name-calling?

  • Katherine

    AWESOME post. This is an issue that liberals and conservative women can agree on.

    I am a liberal but I spoke out against sexist remarks against your mother when she was running for VP. They were in fact often “compliments” because she is indeed very attractive but I thought it was so inappropriate and demeaning that people kept talking about her appearance when we needed to pay attention to her politics (which, again, I disagreed with, but I still respect her as a human, which is more than I could say of these other people.) Some remarks were also not compliments but just plain gross and unacceptable.

    When will we finally respect women as professionals? Will it ever happen?

  • Shirley

    I am a 30 year old woman, and I never wear make-up and never have. Society has taught women to believe that we are not pretty without it. Why is it that women are God’s only creation not beautiful the way he created us? We do not paint the flowers, trees, birds, pets, or babies around us. Why? They are beautiful just the way God created them. What about the men? They were created perfect, but we weren’t? No…i don’t think so….I’m surprsied that so many women, in a world of empowered women, have bought into this lie. Paint is for barns and I am NOT a barn. I am God’s artwork.
    I work in a dental office and work closely with alot of people daily. I get so many compliments on my beautiful skin and youthful appearance without makeup. I have women patients that call and need an emergency appointment but will often tell me that they cant come right away because they haven’t put their makeup on yet…and I’m happy to tell them to come on up anyway, they’ll be in good company because I’m not wearing makeup either… I’m proud to showcase my God’s artwork and not cover it up. ;o)
    Good for Hilary…I’m loving the natural look. And yay for your mom too! You are all God’s beautiful artwork! I’m a huge Palin fan! Love you guys!

  • Leroy Whitby

    Well, yesterday the haters were out in force about your right to talk about children. I see some of them are even attacking this post. You are a fighter Bristol and I’m glad your skin is thick enough and your shoulders broad enough to keep on going in the face of these haters.

    • Christian

      Hmmm well Ms. Clinton not so much, but your Mom, beautiful as always!! Thanks for sharing the photo. God bless.

  • Maleena

    Must say I’m TEAM HILLARY on this one also!!! She is doing her job. Who cares if it is with or without makeup! There really are MORE important things to worry and report about. So GO HILLARY!!

    BTW, Governor SP is beautiful as always!

  • Megan M

    Loved when I saw Hillary with those glasses on and no make-up. I thought she looked awesome – let’s remember that she is older (in her 60s right?) and looks awesome! Go Hillary!
    And could Sarah be any cuter?! With or without make-up, she is gorgeous! Thanks for the photo Bristol :)

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  • Alisa A

    The camera angle is too close to her face. She looks great for her age but if they zoom that close into anyone’s face, imperfection would show. I hate how we do this to women! Love your mom.

  • Elaine

    Thanks for posting this. Now that I’m temporary in the Deep South taking care of my parents, it’s more important than ever to go out with “my face” on…at least that’s what they think! My precious 16-year-old son, who is an introvert and doesn’t comment about much, said to me the other day, “Mom, I don’t know why you’re so worried about always having your makeup on. You look better without it, if the truth were told.” Needless to say, he got a BIG HUG from me. Go, Bristol…

  • Sue Himel

    I am not sure why people come to this site and then trash Bristol and the Palin’s. Maybe their PDS forces them to do it.

    When you accuse the Palin’s of lying you should at least back it up with some sort of proof.

    And, this blog is not about politics – it’s about life from Bristol’s point of view, perhaps different than your point of view, but legitimate none the less.

    Keep up the great blogs, Bristol.