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April 21 2014

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2 posts tagged "Cindy McCain"

The Price Of Getting Pretty For Politics

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In case you missed this little gem tucked away in the national section of Saturday’s New York Times, team McCain apparently filed new campaign finance figures last week with the Federal Election Commission, revealing that it spent $165,000 over the course of nine weeks on three stylists to help make over Sarah Palin. The article also states that about $23,000 in additional charges were made on Ms. Palin’s behalf, deciphered from a paper trail of receipts that snakes around Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, Kate Spade, Brooks Brothers, Radio Shack, and the Gap. Costs for her makeup artist Amy Strozzi and hair stylist Angela Lew (a recommendation from Cindy McCain) came across as equally astronomical, ringing in at a combined $111,015, a sum that was presumably paid with donors’ money. Jarring as these figures may seem, we were more shocked to discover that Strozzi came to the RNC via the television show So You Think You Can Dance. Yes, that’s right, So You Think You Can Dance. With the endless number of editorial and celebrity makeup artists who would no doubt have lined up for that job, our minds are boggled that the McCain campaign went straight to a reality television show to source “talent.” Not to beat a dead horse, but if that’s not “out of touch,” we’re not quite sure what is.

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sarah palin: internationally minded, after all?

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While Britons continue to try and stir a style war between France’s Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and their own Samantha Cameron (a.k.a. “SamCam,” a.k.a. wife of Tory leader David Cameron), the contested issue of who is wearing the Jackie O shift better seems overshadowed by the more interesting issue of the two women’s collective hairstyle of choice—or at least we think so. Behold the short-bangs ubiquity on both sides of the Channel. While marveling at how political better halves in Europe seem to favor the easy, brushed-forward fringe, we couldn’t help but notice our own political pool’s preference for the side sweep. Michelle and Cindy continually choose the conservative style over the easier, more playful tendencies of their transatlantic counterparts. What does it all mean? Americans are in fact stodgier than the French and the British and perhaps not ready to accept any derivation of hipster hair in the White House? Probably. Or else the divergence can be used as yet another interpretation of Sarah Palin’s continually discussed hairstyle, which seems to favor the Continent more than her mistrust of passport holders might lead you to believe. Discussion encouraged.

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