I was absolutely amazed at the number of cameras aimed at the speakers ....and which annoyingly kept clicking non stop hoping for the special pic. It makes you realise the the smallest face or wardrobe malfunction can be interpreted in a thousand ways and recorded for posterity - enough to make you a quivering wreck.
So nothing was off limits on the image front. The men got off pretty lightly with the hairstyles having the most coverage..... Boris of course with his unmanageable thatch and George Osborne's newly combed forward coiffure.........
Weight was also mentioned but concentrated on the cost of the Spa getaway to achieve this....Michael Gove seemed unperturbed by the scrutiny. Certainly he had benefitted from the experience as he showcased his svelte physique.
The women came in for more detailed criticism. Instead of championing those who had made an effort, looking groomed and smart and doing their bit for the fashion industry - we instead had unjustified derogatory remarks - some very personal and hurtful. You certainly need to have rhino hide to be in the public eye. Here is a bright woman holding down one of the most important jobs in the country and all that features heavily is her appearance.
Theresa May had the camera turned on her mercilessly commenting on her tartan Vivienne Westwood suit and comparing her unfavourably to the model who wore the outfit on the catwalk. Ms May also had the audacity to wear a little glitter on her Russell and Bromley shoes. She can't win. I give her 10/10 for pursuing her love of fashion and for being her own person.
Then there was Karen Brady of "The Apprentice" and also the newly appointed Government's Small Business Ambassador. She addressed the audience in a slightly nervous but authoritative way - she has a a proven track record and is a very capable business woman. So was this reported ?......well yes but what will stick out most in the write ups was that her dress was from BHS and cost around £38. They then compared this unfavourably with a similar dress worn by Ffion Hague which was more expensive. This snap only shows a side view of Ms Brady (difficult to take anything with swirling arms and cameras) but she looked pretty good to me.
The press can't make their minds up whether a woman should wear expensive or cheap, high street or designer, flamboyant or safe.............this was clearly illustrated by Samantha Cameron's outfit which was smart and charming. The dress and shoes were inexpensive but someone found out that the belt cost £150. Anyone would think this was a hanging matter. Ironic really when some of the female commentators outfits cost a great deal more than the PM's wife which came in at under £300!
Confidence is something women always seem to have a problem with.......putting on a brave exterior and believing in yourself does not come easy. Finding the right outfit to fit the occasion is a challenge but helps in the image and confidence stakes, however it doesn't take much to destroy this. This is why I feel for women in the public eye as they seem to be fair game for a variety of comments often unrelated to the work they do. Its bad enough not being in the public eye.......
So thinking about the sisterhood.....next time you think about saying something bad about another woman and her style and taste............don't! :)