It's a fact of life that women in politics get scrutinized more often for their looks than men do. It's hard not to because male politicians seem to all blend together in their suits and striped ties. Women have more options for styling and grooming, and it's just a fact of life that people will notice.
Since it's our job to notice these things, let's talk about Michelle Bachmann. No, we do not agree with her politics. At all. But her hair? Apparently women on both sides of the aisle are agreeing that Bachmann's hair is covetable.
The New York Daily News ran a story today about how women--both liberals and conservatives--are requesting the "Bachmann." The candidate made news a few weeks ago for spending $4,700 on hair and makeup with stylist Tamara Robertson. The Daily News contacted the stylist to try to get the scoop on Bachmann's new, flattering 'do, but Robertson couldn't/wouldn't reveal the details.
Bachmann's been sporting a rather chic and sleek long, coppery-colored bob, and women from NYC and LA--both cities that have large liberal populations--have been requesting Bachmann's look, sometimes even bringing pictures with the face cut out. It's a modern look, if a bit boring, and some pictures show her with some flyaways that a good conditioning mask could fix. But it seems to be speaking to a lot of American women.
If you'll recall, Sarah Palin provoked similar copycats, and her eyeglasses sold out. And she's still, um, wowing us with her edgy pedi art. Democratic women candidates haven't inspired women to the same degree (poor Hillary). The Daily News suggests that it's because Republicans have more time and money on their hands for such pursuits as a proper cut and color. We'd argue that, at least here in NYC, good hair is important for a lot of people.
What's concerning here, and what her savvy consultants probably get, is that if you look more accessible, people will relate to you more. And that can translate to votes. So while I wouldn't want Hillary's hair on my head, I'd prefer it in the Oval Office to the Bachmann.