It felt like Hillary Clinton spent nearly as much time defending her physical appearance as she did her policies during America’s 2016 presidential race. Another day, another news headline about the politician’s hair cut or lipstick choice. What gives?
In her newly released memoir, What Happened, Clinton peels back the curtain, discussing her time as the Democratic Party’s nominee for President, of course, but also her beauty regimen. The latter, however, is a bit of a depressing sidenote in her book.
Within the pages, Clinton reveals that she tallied the hours spent getting primed and primed by a professional before making any public appearances. The total? A staggering 600 hours. That’s 25 days!
“I was so shocked, I checked the math twice,” Clinton writes. “I’ve never gotten used to how much effort it takes just to be a woman in the public eye.”
Some people, it seems, have got the idea that it’s okay to pick apart the appearance of another human, just because they’re in the spotlight. If makeup makes a woman feel good, than by all means, she should be adding that mascara or highlighting her cheekbones when she wants to. But for Clinton, the near month-long time spent in the hair and makeup chair could probably have been put towards something more meaningful.
“I’m not jealous of my male colleagues often, but I am when it comes to how they can just shower, shave, put on a suit, and be ready to go. The few times I’ve gone out in public without makeup, it’s made the news,” she writes. “So I sigh, and keep getting back in that chair, and dream of a future in which women in the public eye don’t need to wear makeup if they don’t want to, and no one cares either way.”
Here’s to hoping that Clinton’s wish for an unbiased judgement of a woman with or without makeup is in the near future.