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Condoleezza Rice: Witty in White, Pretty in Pink, Yummy in Yellow

Reported by Marie Therese - June 20, 2005

I've noticed that our new Secretary of State, although she still clings to a decidedly boring choice of attire (suits, suits and more suits), seems to favor softer, more feminine colors these days - a decided relief after all the butch black we've seen the past four years. Recently, I've seen her in luscious lavender and ballerina pink. On yesterday's FOX News Sunday during her interview with host Chris Wallace she was stunning in a pale lemon suit posed against a painted backdrop of yellow gladiolas and amber urns that enhanced the sunny freshness of her outfit. Given the austere (dare I say "masculine"?) manner of her dress prior to and including her recent trip to Europe, it is refreshing to see her dress in more traditionally "feminine" hues.

One wonders if this sudden feminizing of her color palette is a reaction to a February 25th Washington Post story in which author Robin Givhan wrote the following about Ms. Rice's visit to Germany:

"Rice's coat and boots speak of sex and power -- such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal. When looking at the image of Rice in Wiesbaden, the mind searches for ways to put it all into context. It turns to fiction, to caricature. To shadowy daydreams. Dominatrix! It is as though sex and power can only co-exist in a fantasy. When a woman combines them in the real world, stubborn stereotypes have her power devolving into a form that is purely sexual."


"But the sexual frisson in Rice's look also comes from the tension of a woman dressed in vaguely masculine attire -- that is, the long, military-inspired jacket. When the designer Yves Saint Laurent first encouraged women to wear trousers more than 30 years ago, his reasons were not simply because pants are comfortable or practical. He knew that the sight of a woman draped in the accouterments of a man is sexually provocative. A woman was embracing something forbidden."

"Rice's appearance at Wiesbaden -- a military base with all of its attendant images of machismo, strength and power -- was striking because she walked out draped in a banner of authority, power and toughness. She was not hiding behind matronliness, androgyny or the stereotype of the steel magnolia. Rice brought her full self to the world stage -- and that included her sexuality. It was not overt or inappropriate. If it was distracting, it is only because it is so rare."

Condoleezza Rice sexy? Dominating? Powerful? Aloof? Tough? A "woman embracing something forbidden"?

With all the brouhaha these days in Republicanville about drafting Condi as their next Presidential candidate, perhaps it was determined that our Secretary of State should begin dressing a little less like Neo in The Matrix and a little more like Doris Day in Pillow Talk.

Oh, yes. She did have something to say about the American public's overwhelming lack of support for our failed policy in in Iraq. If you want to read the transcript of Dr. Rice reiterating Karl Rove's talking points, go to FOX News.

But, dear readers, wouldn't it be more fun to stay here at News Hounds and dish the dirt on her wardrobe and a possible 2008 run for the White House?

What do you think?

Would President Rice look better in yellow or pink?

Update 5:55 PM EDT

Forgot to mention above: In this interview she said that Iraq is a "generational" conflict.

Now, what do you suppose she meant by that?

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