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Nicola Sturgeon 'conflicted' about magazine photoshoots

Scotland's First Minister has revealed she was "internally conflicted" about appearing in a photoshoot for a glossy fashion magazine.

Nicola Sturgeon posed for Vogue while saying in the accompanying interview there is a discussion about her clothes and hair "literally every time I'm on camera".

Comments about her appearance are often " written in the most hideous and quite cruel way," she added.

But she told journalists she did "s ometimes suffer from a bit of internal conflict" about whether she should take part in such photoshoots.

The SNP leader told journalists: " I have the dilemma of knowing whatever I do people are going to talk about what I wear and what my hair looks like, and I could and maybe should just decide that I'm not going to engage with that on any level.

"Or I can decide, as I sometimes do, that I'll try to turn it into a positive in some way. Most of what I ever do there will be trying to use a platform to promote Scottish designers to turn it to an advantage.

"But you will find people with different opinion, sometimes I'm a bit internally conflicted by it."

She added: " I do feel strongly on the fact that people focus not so so much on what I wear, it tends to be mainly women.

"If there was a general interest in what politicians wear, male or female, that wouldn't be as big an issue."

She quipped that since J eremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader, "male politicians are getting talked about for what they wear just as much as female politicians".

Ms Sturgeon added: " His dress sense has been subject to as much commentary over the past couple of weeks as mine has been."

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