British PM Theresa May: Tough Politico and Fearless Fashionista
Unlike most female politicians, who often downplay or ignore matters of fashion, Britain’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, is unabashedly a fashionista.
The 59-year-old leader of the Conservative Party, who took over leadership reins after the recent Brexit fallout in the UK, has shown a love for bold jewellery, daring necklines, colourful nail polish, over-the-knee patent leather boots and an item that has seemingly become her style signature—leopard print kitten heels. It’s a fashion accessory that is subversive in nature because, while demure and lady-like in stature, it’s also sexy and provocative. And Theresa May owns several pairs and shows no compunction about frequently wearing them.
The newest occupant at 10 Downing Street—only the second female in history after Margaret Thatcher—has never tried to hide her appreciation for fashion and once famously declared she enjoys clothes.
In an interview back in 2005, she declared that the greatest loves in her life were her husband and shoes.
When asked on a radio show what would be the one luxury item she would chose to take to a deserted island, she mentioned a lifetime subscription to Vogue magazine.
In 1996, the fashion magazine featured her in a piece on women and office attire and styled her in a suit from the conservative British brand, Aquascutum. She later told the Telegraph, “In truth, I would have preferred Versace.”
While it’s refreshing to hear a powerful woman in political office actually admitting to enjoying fashion, such a notion has traditionally been seen as career limiting. Political pundits would have you believe that to show an interest in such a subject would deem you frivolous, vain and somehow less intelligent to constituents.
Perfectly coordinated in cool blue hues, Theresa May arrives for a meeting with then-British Prime Minister David Cameron in June 2016.
Dressed in one of her colourful signature coats and a pair of patent leather boots, Theresa May attends an event for visiting President of South Korea, Park Geun-Hye, back in November 2013 in London.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has shown a particular love for leopard print kitten heels, judging from the various pairs she wears.
Taking a page out of the Queen’s style book, Theresa May wears a coordinated hat with her dress for the official ceremonial welcome for The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, state visit to England in October 2015.