City Council speaker and Democratic candidate for mayor Christine Quinn is the subject of this week’s New York cover story.
As has increasingly become the case with political figures (female ones in particular), Quinn’s appearance and style are a hot topic of discussion–both in the press and among her colleagues.
The Post criticized Quinn’s cover for being too “edgy” and vampire-like. Which, okay, she does weirdly look a little like a vampire. “I was really not trying to go for anything,” she told the paper. “I was hoping that I would look pretty and thin, not particularly jowly, which is how I usually look in pictures. I wasn’t in any shape or form managing the photo shoot.”
Though the vampy cover was no fault of Quinn’s own, Mayor Bloomberg may beg to differ. Evidenced by some oddly catty, frenemy-sounding quotes in the cover story, Quinn is apparently routinely subjected to outfit and hair criticism from her mayor. Some examples:
The mayor is going to yell at me when I get out of the car because I have flat boots on. The mayor has no use for flat shoes.
I was at a parade with him once and he said, ‘What are those?’ and I said, ‘They’re comfortable,’ and he said, ‘I never want to hear those words out of your mouth again.’ He likes me in high heels. Let’s see how long it takes before he notices.
Another big thing with the mayor, when I am rooting … like, the couple of days a week before I need to get my hair colored, he’ll say, ‘Do you pay a lot to make your hair be two colors? Because now it’s three with the gray.’ And I’m like, ‘Did you wake up being this big of an asshole? Or did it take, like, all day to ramp up to it to be able to insult me like that?’
The profile was written by Vogue‘s go-to profiler Jonathan Van Meter, so that the conversation turned to fashion is not exactly shocking.
Still, we aren’t sure whether to laugh or raise our eyebrows. Van Meter also reports having overheard Bloomberg say “Look at the ass on her” at a party. Quinn goes on to describe her good working relationship with Bloomberg; but even if those comments are all in good fun, they still seem a little inappropriate, right? Then again, Bloomberg has always been a big–and involved–supporter of NYC’s fashion industry, so perhaps he fancies himself an expert on the subject.