Belfast Telegraph

Just grin and bare it, Lily

By Lindy McDowell

Hillary Clinton would not, on the face of it, appear to have a lot in common with model Lily Cole (particularly on the face of it.) But in recent days the pair have made global headlines after both were separately photographed sans make-up.

US Secretary of State Hillary was snapped in Bangladesh where she'd appeared before the masses, her face free of all cosmetic embellishment save for a vivid slick of lippie.

Back in the US, meanwhile, English rose Ms Cole was pictured having lunch at a pavement café her face similarly stripped of the warpaint and - horrors! - even a couple of spots clearly visible. What is the world coming to when two women, one a political Amazon, the other an international fashion plate and style queen, have allowed themselves to be seen out without the compulsory coating of age-defying, pore-minimising, all-round-luminising, SPF-infused gloop?

The bare-faced cheek of Hillary especially seemed to scandalise many US broadcasters.

Old Hills herself was pretty sanguine about it all. "You know, at some point, it's just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention," she noted, adding that she was, "relieved to be at the stage I'm at in my life right now. If others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change".

Hillary no longer feels the need to buckle to the tyranny of cosmetic perfection. And good on her, too. She's shown that the best foundation for high office isn't Max Factor. It's an impressive work ethic. A lesson there for those politicians everywhere who are great at the grooming but for whom you suspect, duty is only skin deep.

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